Article: Inflammatory bowel disease linked to depression

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dakotagirl
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
This isn't real surprising to me...
 
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSCOL46695720080904
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bookworm21
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, not surprising. I kinda fall into that category.
Female, Age 19
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (3 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort
 


jujub
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   Posted 9/10/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Years ago, the "experts" thought the depression, OCD, anxiety, etc. caused UC. Now we think it's more likely to be the other way around.

I challenge any healthy, "normal" person to live through several months of spewing D and blood every hour for a few months without developing depression and/or anxiety. I mean, hey, the thought that you just could have an "accident" in the middle of your workplace is a little daunting, no?
Judy - Southern US 
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
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Delarge
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   Posted 9/10/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
A breakthrough indeed...

Gigi1227
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   Posted 9/10/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeppers, there have been many days that I have been depressed, which is soooooo unlike me. Especially with just being diagnosised. I thought what kind of life is this, but for today life is good and exciting so I will take this one day!

Totally not surprised w/ the article.

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dakotagirl
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes - take the good days and ENJOY them!

One thing I've learned here - have your pity party too, but make sure to set a limit for it and stick with it :)
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Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Remission?!?!?
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
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kazygirl
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   Posted 9/11/2008 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
i do NOT fall into that category.
i am not depressed or have any type of anxiety.

it seems that they can link just about anything to IBD since so many people have the darn disease.
rubbish
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day
 
 
 


beartooth
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   Posted 9/12/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a doc once who kept telling me that any anti-depressants I take would possibly help with GI problems. She said that our guts contain almost as many nerve receptors as our brain, and these anti-depressants could provide some comfort. I was taking anti-ds prior to dx, been taking them since dx, and I haven't really noticed any difference in how my GI system is functioning. Maybe they'll find anti-depressant that you can take to alleviate GI probs. Tummy prozac anyone?
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Prednisone 30mg


kaykay29
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   Posted 9/12/2008 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I find a little ranting once in a while helps. The other day when I had yet another "accident" I got into my car and then yelled "why can't I get a @#$%^* break in this life." For some reason it made me start laughing at myself. At least I felt better. What else can you do with pants full of poo? (Wow, that sounds like Dr Seuss.)
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Was Mildly Chronic (flares every couple of years) until last 2 years now Chronically Acute
Can only get about a month symptom free between flares now
Asacol, Canasa, Rowasa, Cortifoam (on Sulfasalazine for 28 years previously also Pred)
GI Doc recently told me I have "lead pipe syndrome" which is advanced scarring of colon
No surgery - multiple colonoscopies reveal uc "from rectum to appendix"
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doors12
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   Posted 9/14/2008 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for posting that!
 
As some of you know - I believe that there is a direct causal link between whatever causes UC (at least for some of us) and mood disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
 
I'm glad to know that experts are looking into these things.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 


ediekristen
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   Posted 9/14/2008 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
kazygirl said...
i do NOT fall into that category.
i am not depressed or have any type of anxiety.

it seems that they can link just about anything to IBD since so many people have the darn disease.
rubbish


I dunno, I wouldn't say it's rubbish, I'd just say you're lucky to not have to deal with depression or anxiety on top of your IBD :)

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) for 8 years so far; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use....

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Lialda 2 pills a day, Rowasa enemas nightly

 
 


kazygirl
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   Posted 9/14/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
no no...
i meant rubbish in regards to almost anything and everything we do, have done or taken etc can "possibly" contribute or be linked to this disease.
it's rubbish that they dont really know the cause and pretty much blame everything in one way or another.
"it could be this" "it could be that" blah blah blah..
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day
 
 
 


Sara14
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   Posted 9/14/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish they looked at if IBDers had depression before getting IBD...not if we're prone to getting it after we're diagnosed with IBD...that seems almost obvious to me that some would become depressed after dealing with a chronic illness.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin


relativelyquantum
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   Posted 9/15/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
What was interesting to learn is that if one's immune system is out of whack, it will often affect one's mood. Depression isn't surprising with that and all the other reasons.
Pancolitis '04
Currently in a mild flare
Taking Lialda (2/dy), Probiotics, Fish Oil w/ Alpha Lipoic Acid, Iron, Folic Acid

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