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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/1/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with UC about 6 months ago and am in remission. I have noticed since then that some symptoms show up when I'm on my period. Usually slight pain and loose stools. I asked my doc about this and he didn't seem concerned. Does this happen to anyone else? Usually it only last about 2-3 days but it has lasted longer this time. I'm new to this so any advice or reassurance would be greatly appreciated.
I take (4) 400mg asacol 3 times a day, omega-3, calcium supp

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   Posted 9/1/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
This is really common, Vinny. Many of our female members report this. I did notice you're not taking a probiotic, which many of us do take. It helps to keep the level of healthy bacteria up in the colon and prevents infections with undesirable bacteria. If you do a forum search (click on the blue search button at the top), you'll find a lot of discussion of probiotics.

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Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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   Posted 9/1/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
during periods, prostaglandins are released and they affect the colon by causing cramping, diarrhea or loose stool and frequency.
If you're flaring, the symptoms will be exacerbated by your period.

I do suggest you get on rectal meds, you're probably in the beginning of a flare.
I also second the probiotics. You might also consider a fibre supplement that can help bulk up a loose stool...

Welcome to the forum.
*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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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 9/1/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Very common. Even some women who don't have IBD report some cramping and diarrhea prior to or during their periods.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 327
   Posted 9/1/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
How about nausea? Does anyone on here get nauseous during their period?
40 years old and female
Dx ulcerative proctitis June 2008 (after 5 weeks of blood and mucous) and still flaring
Canasa 1000 mg suppositories nightly
Effexor 37.5, Clonazepam .5 mg and Trazodone 50 mg for sleep
2.5 mg methimazole for thyroid
Osteopenia (and I haven't even taken steroids!)

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   Posted 9/1/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Even when I'm not flaring I have problems. I went on bc when I had my first flare and that helps most of it but sometimes a tummy ache will slip by.
Sam 19 year old college student
Diagnosed March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, Imodium when I need it
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou

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