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   Posted 8/18/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.  In the spring of '02, lived in a small town.  My GP had moved on, so was seeing one of the new MDS in town.  Went to her with concerns of excessive bloody stools, D and horrible stomach pains.  First suggested 'roids.  Then did bunch of tests.  She suggested I eat a bland diet with legumes and brown rice.  After 2 months, nothing changed.  I went back to her, with pretty much the same results.  Decided since I was moving, I would suffer through and get a new GP once the move was done.  Went to her in Sept. '02.  Immediately was sent to GI and subsequently had my first colonoscopy.  During this time, I was in massive amounts of abdominal pain, and couldn't leave my home for fear of not being near a toilet.  Diagnosed with UC, I was put on Sulfasalazine 500mg x 3 a day, as well as Entocort enemas.  Finally got it under control.  Had a major flare in '06 and ended up on Entocort again and then prednisone (which totally sucked).  Am having a minor flare right now.  I have been hearing about pro-biotics etc.  and was wondering if anyone could suggest what has worked for them?
Heat really makes it worse, as well as stress!  I also have discovered that too much dairy aggrevates it, as well as greasy foods.  I have been told that different things affect each individual, so I was just wondering what bothers others?
UC-dianosed Nov. '02

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   Posted 8/18/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and Welcome! Probiotics put good bacteria in our systems. I take Acidophilus Pearls and have a lot of luck w/ those. You may want to do a search at the top of the page on probiotics. There are been lots of discussions on these. You should find some great information.

Food is definitely an individual thing. I have IBS in addition to UC. Basically that means if I eat a food I shouldn't (for me dairy, fried) then I am immediately in the bathroom 2-3 times. Otherwise I'm lucky and can generally eat what I want in moderation.
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100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Zegerid (not sure if it is working)
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/18/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
its interesting that heat makes it worse, ive only ever flared in august which might have something to do with the heat, has anyone told you why the heat makes it worse?

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   Posted 8/18/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   

I have problems with the heat and my bowels as well. I have for as long as I can remember - long before my UC dx. Now I live in SETX - where it's been super hot lately! Sigh.

I have good luck with probiotics as well. I'm using Pro-Bio right now. I have also used Culturelle. I am considering trying Primodophilus Reuteri; however, it requires refridgeration and I'm afraid I'll forget to take it if it isn't with the rest of my pills. They do have a "pearl" version which doesn't need refridgeration - maybe I'll try that.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Remission?!?!?
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 10/07/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
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   Posted 8/18/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
When I thought about it, I've always had troubles with heat and especially stomach cramps, way before my UC dx too.  I always thought it was related to dehydration, with both sweating and D going on.  I've been fortunate to never have passed out.   

Potato...  Female, 58, dx mild left sided ulcerative colitis 11/07
asacol 3 3x a day 
cortenema (generic) am & pm 
culturelle, benefiber wafers 
children's vitamin, Vitamin E 400 mg
omeprazole 2x a day
oxazepam when needed, lomotil or ImodiumAD (but not in the same day)

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