Colds and Flare ups

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

jourgy
New Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 8/28/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't been sick since I was properly diagnosed with UC back in January of this year. At the end of last week I got a cold, and nearly a week later I still have it AND I noticed a small flare up in the middle of the night when I had to use the bathroom. Has this been an issue with anyone else? Has a cold caused a flare up or vice versa? Has it made it more difficult to recover from a cold?
 
Sorry for all the questions, but I flipped out at 2AM as soon as I saw that nastiness in the toliet, and I could hardly sleep the rest of the night. I need some reassurance so I can stop being so paranoid... lol.

IndianaUC
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 212
   Posted 8/28/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
No you're not alone. I just recently figured this out. Whenever I'm around someone who is sick then i will get sick. I never used to get anything. I was a fairly healthy child. Now when I'm flaring and someone gives me their cold my immune system will go from trying to heal my colon to working on the cold virus. In the meantime my colon suffers and gets worse. Now I try to keep the sickos away. I was supposed to watch my niece today, but she was hacking and coughing a few days ago so I can't go near her or anyone who has been near her or her parents.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Strangely I find that eating a turkey and ham sub from Subway with lots of vegis will help me come out of a flare. Why I don't know. I stay away from fats or my D will just get worse.


quincy
Elite Member


Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30993
   Posted 8/29/2008 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi..welcome to the forum.

What meds are you on and where is your UC...throughout or limited?

q
*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
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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 !!!


jourgy
New Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 8/29/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
@IndianaUC -- Ah, thanks so much for the reassurance. It's so weird that I'm just now getting sick because I used to work in retail, and I'm sure I encountered plenty of sick people then.

@quincy -- Thanks for the welcome. I'm currently on on 400mg of Asacol (3, 3x a day) and 50mg of Imuran (1, 1x a day, though up until about 3 months ago I was taking 2, 1x a day), and I was once on Prednisone, but I haven't had to take it since around the end of March. What do you mean by throughout or limited?

IndianaUC
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 212
   Posted 8/30/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Quincy is asking how much of your colon is affected?

I also thought I'd add to my earlier response about the immune system's role in this disease. Since there is still so much unknown about this disease, it is always best to consult your doctor if any problems arise. Even your thoughts and ideas. It wouldn't hurt to get your doctor thinking about such things if he hasn't already.

Some believe that the body's immune system is going into overdrive and is literally attacking the colon as if it were a foreign body. Some believe that something else is wrong with the colon and that the immune system works to take care of the problem and when a cold comes along it has to take care of the cold instead leaving the colon to suffer. I can't help but wonder about the former, but the latter seems to be what happens to me. I once got a bad case of the flu and was throwing up for 3 days unable to keep a single thing down. After that was over my flare was completely gone. I didn't take anything for the flu and wasn't even able to keep down my meds. So I'm not sure what happened.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Strangely I find that eating a turkey and ham sub from Subway with lots of vegis will help me come out of a flare. Why I don't know. I stay away from fats or my D will just get worse.


Sara14
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 4538
   Posted 8/30/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My UC actually usually feels better when I have a cold, flu or some other infection. It's strange. I thought it was maybe because then my immune system has an actual virus to fight off instead of fighting my colon.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa weekly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin


Sweetie31105
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 903
   Posted 8/31/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been in remission since May 2007, but when I do get sick since I work with children, my UC does flare up. The only flare I have though is the loose bm's. To me that is not that big of an issue. I get over my colds really easily, and my BM's improve as the cold goes away. Everyone's body is different especially since everyone is on diffent meds. So, it may depend on what meds u r on.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, September 21, 2018 10:19 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,617 posts in 329,243 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161786 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Wildcat44444.
284 Guest(s), 7 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Tim G, pasayten, Healing98, mordant, Stetsonva, MacroMan, noodlesnoodles