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Deacon Blues
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   Posted 8/2/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
    My daughter called and has been giving some of her symptoms...she has had issues off and on for a few years, and YES I have told her to get to the Doc...hopefully real soon. ANYWAY, she has been having undigested food in her when she had a salad recently. Ummm, I know that I have had this sypmptom before as I have UC. She has some abdomonal pain, diarrhea...My question is: what do you suspect is going on. Is this consistent with IBS, UC, Crohns or can this happen randomly. I have already asked if there is visible blood, which we know that there could be some blood present in an occult blood test but not necessarily visible...Any help is appreciated.
Diagnosed with UC in 1999
PANCOLITIS-mild to moderate
3-400mg Asacol 3x per day
44 yrs old

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 8/2/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
It would depend a lot on how fast her digestive system is, especailly her colon. With diarrhea or loose stool, it'll fall apart in the water and see all the bits and parts of what we don't usually digest (insoluble fibre) which is usually together in a solid stool.

It definitely could be IBS. If she's having increased frequency and urgency with rectal discomfort during bms, I'd say something more could be going on....but IBSers do have frequency and urgency as well.

Is she consuming artificial sweeteners? This is a most important point that many people seem to not even consider.

Is she expecting her period soon? The prostaglandins in the system will cause the colon to quicken a lot.

The best thing would be for her to see a gastroenterologist and push for a c-scope (based on your diagnosis and her symptoms) and be properly checked...biopsies stool samples to make sure she hasn't picked up anything wonky.

Was she recently on antibiotics?

She should, however, consider to use probiotics and a fibre supplement and see if her symptoms improve.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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