Should I contact my gastro doctor?

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at wit's end
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   Posted 8/18/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, now I know for sure this is a flare. For the past week I have noticed slight jabbing sensations in my left side that I thought was gas. But over the past several days I have had problems with urgency, the racing to the bathroom thing that is common with UC. However, I have actually had no diarrhea but end up passing a good deal of gas or some slight brownish discharge that also appears to have water in it. But this is not going in the toilet, just present on the toilet tissue.
 
I am going to the bathroom solid, went four times yesterday morning between around 7:30 a.m. until around 12:30 p.m. and one more time last night. Now all of a sudden this morning I had the urgency thing come up again and went to the bathroom and had a solid stool but this time the discharge was a slight blood/water combination, just present on the toilet tissue. I am the Asacol daily, take four pills, and have been using the rectal suppositories every night.
 
I have felt slight pressure in my left side for several weeks now on and off, my nerves and stress have been so bad for the past month and a half that I wonder how much of this is related to that? I've noticed a slight tenderness in that lower left area of the colon also, but it is not always present, seems tied in with the gas sometimes. Should I call my doctor? I have an appointment September 4th.
 
 
Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance. 


dakotagirl
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   Posted 8/18/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, call your doc right away.
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Missmissy
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 8/18/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, please call now. I am currently in a flare that started out exactly the same way. I know that everyone is different, and you might not be flaring, but I would recommend you not wait. Hope this helps. Let us know how you do!
Asacol 1200 mg. 3 times daily, Rowasa enema AM & PM, Prednisone 40 mg. daily for 2 weeks, then taper,
probiotics, lots of hope and prayers! 51 years old, diagnosed formally 10-06. If it doesn't kill ya, it'll only make you stronger!


at wit's end
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   Posted 8/18/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I did contact my doctor. They called me back and are having me increase my Asacol back to 3 pills 2X a day. They told me if things didn't improve to call them back but if it does I have an appointment for followup on September 4th. I don't think there was any blood in the stool or on the stool that I could tell. But I did go 4 times yesterday in around 5 hours so that may have me irritated down there. So hopefully things will improve.
Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance. 

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