rectum inflamed more at night

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 8/12/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I wake up feeling great. No pressure in my rectum, no weird feeling down there.
But why at night when I am lying down to go to sleep I can feel my rectum. I can squeeze it and it causes a strange reaction where I can litterally feel it is swollen and it feels strange.
Why would this happen only at night?
Why does it feel normal in the morning?
Its got to be my UC right, or could it be internal hemmroids?
Am I the only one that has noticed this?
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 2.5yo girl (revised 5/8/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  4 month flaring;improving; 2bm/day; no visible blood
RX/day:  Currently 20mg of prednisone per day. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
OTC: seldom use probiotics, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: Prayer, food combos, enzymes, good posture, chewing more, etc.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 8/12/2008 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel much worse in the mornings. I'm fine at night.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa every 3-4 nights; Canasa every 3 nights;
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv; Zinc supplement every few days

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/12/2008 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Are u laying on your side? Often bodyweight alone can cause pressure on the abdomen- even laying on your back. This technique may be a little uncomfortatable at first but it may take some pressure off. Try and prop like 3 or 4 pillows angled backward (the bottom pulled out slightly with the top further back making a ramp). Support your head and try and sleep slightly bent upward. I've done this often during flares and have noticed that also taking some sleep tea helps in knocking you out before you begin to get restless. Hope this helps.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/13/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I get the same sort of feeling when in a flare lying down at night. And I basically do what ucwarrior suggests -- it's a little less miserable that way.
31 yr old male
Diagnosed: 7/07 - UC - Pancolitis
Current Meds: 2 Rowasa enemas/day ; 6 Asacol / day

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 8/13/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
yep. i can feel it too.
its weird feeling your organs isnt it.
i sleep with 2 pillows propped up cuz if i lay straight stretched out im really uncomfortable.
not that i can actually get comfortable at all...
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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