I can't figure out WHY I am flaring

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   Posted 8/9/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's what happened; I went to MI for two weeks, while I was there I was practically in remission and I was eating grilled burgers and periogies with sour cream, even ate at a buffet!!  Now I have been home 3 days back to my safe diet and I have been sick the whole time.  The only differences I can think of are: more stress here and by my own tiolet, different water, and now I am in a smoke-free environment, there I was around chain smokers all the time.  Should I try the Nicotene patch or start ordering Culligan water? What do you guys think?  I was also in "remission" last time I was in Vegas and even a year and a half ago when I was in MI and my Mom passed away I was doing very well also I remember another time I was visiting MI I was in remission till I came back to Texas.  So weird.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08,  Humira started 4/4/08, 6MP started 6/24/08

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   Posted 8/9/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you picked up a stomach bug...lot of it going around these days and unfortunately for us IBDers we never know if it's a bug or flair until a full week goes by...maybe give it 2 more days.
Mild to Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
3 Lialda per day
Generic Rowasa daily or every other night
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/9/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes it takes me a few days to a week or more for the behavior to translate into symptoms.  Also, the thing that makes me flare more than any other is when I get too tired.

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   Posted 8/9/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah, happens with flaring...but it wasn't the food you ate..maybe you picked up something in the food or from hand to mouth...easy for us to be sure.

When was your last Humira shot (infusion?)? You're on the big-gun meds...it's not the food.

Can you use any rectal meds to maybe help get the rectal inflammation under some control? Can you use Canasa or maybe hydrocortisone foam enemas?

Taking a fibre supplement and probiotics might help you with some of the symptoms.

For me, my flares happen in the calm after the adrenaline storm, so to say.

*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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   Posted 8/10/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you're allergic to Texas (?) Just jivin' ... to cheer you up. I'd say keep to a bland diet for a few days, avoid fries & spices, try to get enough rest-- so that hopefully your body will readjust to the pre-vacation routine. Best wishes! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 8/11/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
maybe its the bland diet ???
go back to eatin all the yummy fun stuff and see what happens.
something to think about.

i saw a dietician for 4 months last year and went on all the safe diets, liquid diets.. you name it.
nothing helped and i tell you what... i feel better when i eat yummy food.
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 8/11/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
princess, I dont know if I would recommend a bland diet, but also wouldnt recommend complete greasy foods etc., moderation always being the key. Did you pick up some type of food poisoning at buffet? Whose to say, but if you had fever, etc., that may be the case. I believe we are more succeptable to infections because of our general weakend immune system. Look for something to boost your immune system.



diagnosed 1998

now off prednisone and colazal

drink 1 Haldi daily

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   Posted 8/11/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been to Spokane WA, for 3 days and just because of the water i was sick. So think how much of the liquids did you have whial there? This includes canned sodas. A lot of people need to relize that canned sodas are canned with the same water near the city that you buy it from. Just a heads up. There could be many factors...
18 years old, College Student ~WAHOO GO CATS=)
Diagnosed in 2004
Currently on:
Imuran 3pills/day
And many other over the counter meds.

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