gallbladder vs UC

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   Posted 8/4/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if anyone knows much about gallbladder problems with UC or maybe causing UC. Came to a better hospital and they are really on their game. Now looks like alot of his problem is maybe galbladder related????

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   Posted 8/4/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Gallbladder problems do not cause UC but it could have triggered a first flare. I am not sure about the link of gallbladder disease to UC but I do know that there is a higher incidence of GB disease if you have your colon out. Surgeons think that this is related to bile salt activity. I no longer have my colon but I still have my GB.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/4/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
This is very interesting topic for me. My family has a severe history with gall bladder problems. I wonder if something to do with crappy gall bladder genetics caused or triggered my UC...
31 yr old male
Diagnosed: 7/07 - UC - Pancolitis
Current Meds: 2 Rowasa enemas/day ; 6 Asacol / day

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 8/5/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I have no idea if there's any connection but that was one of my mis-diagnosis steps when they were trying to figure out what was wrong with me. It was my 2nd surgery in 3 months to have my gall bladder removed. Granted it was in trouble but I wish they hadn't been so cut happy back then.
~ Mom of Nathaniel aka "Peanut" 18m (6/08)~ Married ~ 36
"The List "
- UC dx 8/2000 - Culturelle Align 1x day Prenatal Vitamin (Currently not flaring but not what I would call in remission either.)
- CKD Stage 3 (Chronic Kidney Disease) - Lisinopril 7.5mg - Still have 27% function!
- Anemic - Ferolicit IV monthly
- Allergies - Zyrtec 10mg 

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   Posted 8/5/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder removed when I was only 27. I was having terrible pains that felt like a knife through my back was being twisted. Anyway the doctors said my gallbladder was totally infected/diseased.....and had to come out before it burst. My GI seemed to imply my gall bladder problem was a result of my UC, not the other way around.
diagnosed with UC in 1962
regualr meds:
Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
open heart surgery in 2005 for removal of aortic root aneurysm

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   Posted 8/5/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   

A year after being diagnosed with UC I had my gallbladder out.  Coincedence?  I don't know.


Current meds are:
Asacol 6 pills a day
Lexapro 20 mg once a day
Ativan .5 mg when needed
Canasa when needed

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