Cramps Anyone??

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   Posted 9/5/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been dealing with a "flare" for the last few weeks. I'm on Lialda and am taking 2 per day. I was at 4 but it stopped working. After a brief respit from everything, I went back to 2 per day. MY GI asked to try and go back to 3 or 4. After I increased the dosage, my symptoms came back (urgency, mucous, straining, etc).

So, while I've been dealing with this and trying to get settled, I have now started to get terrible cramps. They feel like a bad gas pain but there is no way to relieve them (trust me, I've tried). After 3 calls to my GI, he prescribed Symax. I was wondering if anyone has taken this or any other anti-spasmodic. I need to work tomorrow so I'm hoping this works.

Dx w/ UP in 2005; Dx with UC in 2008
Currently taking: Lialda and Mesalmine Enema (1x per day); Tricor for Cholesterol
Male; age 42; Located in Atlanta

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   Posted 9/5/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I've taken dicyclomine (spelling?), another antispasmodic, when I was really, really sick. It didn't help me at that time but I was in a very bad way at the time. I think another member, quincy, has posted saying that antispasmodics have helped her. Have you tried the Symax yet? Hope you're feeling better soon.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin

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   Posted 9/5/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken Levsin and it worked for me. But this was many years ago. Haven't been on any antispasmodic since.
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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   Posted 9/5/2008 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
For 2-3 times a day I have cramps and then the urge to go. Then I will see only a little bit of brown/red mucous. I have told my GI doctor about this. She thought I would get better soon after trying Salofalk suppository.
I think I need to ask for an antispasmodic next time I see her.
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare till the present.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema/suppository, Salofalk tablets 500mg x 3/day, Azathioprine 75 mg. Warfarin for my Deep Vein Thrombosis which resulted from diarrheas and dehydration in Feb 2008.
Supplements: Probiotics, Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C and psyllium capsule (Metamucil)

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   Posted 9/6/2008 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I take diclomine too when they are really bad.
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