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pixydust13
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/13/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
does anyone else feel embarrassed to sit next to people when its totally silent? my stomach and intestines make weird sounds even when i don't feel like i have to go to the bathroom. why does that happen? and even if i feel well enough to go outside my apartment i always have random stabs of pain on my left side or in the middle. and why do i feel like im 90 years old with arthritis in every joint? even when i feel good my knees, my hips and my ankles hurt and are achy even my wrists and elbows started hurting yesturday. is this related to how much calcium im taking? what can be done about this?
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Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 9/13/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
UC causes arthritic symptoms, but it can be only temporary. I think we talked about your taking asacol, but maybe include in your profile/posts what you are taking?
I have a bad back and one bad wrist, but both those are probably related to my sports (golf, and strenth training). I wonder if I would have fewer aches and pains if I just didn't exercise! Probably not...
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. 
Currently tapering OFF prednisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
Sept: Mild case of thrush in throat, prescribed antifungal mouthwash.


IndianaUC
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   Posted 9/13/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
The grumbling in your guts is most likely due to an overgrowth of "bad bacteria". I take a probiotic that is enteric coated so it makes it past the stomach and is more likely to make it to the intestines where it will work it's magic. You don't have to pay a fortune for probiotics. Keep searching for the best one at the best price.
- 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.


ediekristen
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   Posted 9/14/2008 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh man, my stomach has been making the most ridiculous noises lately, I know just what you mean. This morning I woke up because my stomach was complaining and I just sat there for a moment thinking "What the heck??" Sometimes when people are around it can be passed off as "Oh I am really hungry, my stomach is growling" but other times it sounds like I'm farting but it's on the inside! Definitely embarrassing.

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

 
 


Red_34
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   Posted 9/14/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are flaring, then the rest of your body is "flaring". Meaning inflammation is usually thru out the body while in a Uc flare. It can cause joint pain. When I flare, my whole body is one painful mess - especially my knees. But once the flare settles, the pain lessens. Arthritis though is common to be seen in people with UC especially RA. If your joint pain continues you might to see a rheumatologist to see if you have any arthritis. I definately know what it feels like to be 90! It's horrible!

As for the stomach sounds, not quite sure what that can be. I get them too on occasion. But it can be anything from food digesting, to bacteria imbalance to gas.
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pixydust13
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 28
   Posted 9/15/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
IndianaUC about the probiotics, how do they work? i think my old doctor had me try them once Florestra or something like that..whats the difference between taking those and eating yogurt like Activia? do they help you alot? i have no idea where to get them and ive never ordered anything off the internet before
Kymie
Diagnosed June 2004
2.4 Lialda, 40mg Protonics, Flinstones vitamins(yummy),
Rhinocort nasal spray, albuterol, and Advair

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, and forget about the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance take it, if it changes your life let it. Nobody said it was going to be easy they just promised it would be worth it.


IndianaUC
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 212
   Posted 9/15/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
First I want to mention that there are *many* threads on probiotics. There's a search at the top of your page that will send you to all the different threads on this subject. With that said.....probiotics are like adding RidEx to your septic system. Sorry for the disgusting analogy, but it's the same concept. It's the same with keeping a fish aquarium. You're trying to get the good bacteria back in your body where the bad bacteria have taken over. Eventually the good bacteria will take over as you keep taking them, but you need to feed them into your system. Everyone here on the forums takes something different. Some swear by certain brands or certain types and whatever you find that works for you I'd say stick with it if it's working. I cannot put down a certain brand because that would be slanderous so all I can say is read your labels carefully. Some companies can *claim* that they will help digestive health and in healthy people it can, but we're not your normal healthy people here are we? For many of us who are lactose intolerant, eating yogurt can cause more issues than it helps with... I take an enteric coated probiotic that I recently found at my local grocery store. They've started carrying more organic stuff and I found this and I think it's working. Being enteric coated means it will survive the acid in the stomach so it can survive and make it's way to my colon where it needs to be. It's called Max acidophilus and it's from the store Meijer which is in the Indiana area. Each pill has over 4 billion viable cells. There are 60 capsules and I paid about $14. I only take one a day. Oh and I just found on the bottle here....the bacteria come from Rosell Institute of Montreal, Canada.

Btw...I take Flintstones vitamins too. I find they're easier on the stomach and if that's what it takes to get my vitamins then so be it!
- 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.


UC since'76
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 9/15/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Because of my profession, I have to attend continuing education seminars. They squeeze us in there like sardines at long tables. You are literally knee to knee with the strangers on each side of you for 8 hours. It is especially anxiety-provoking for me after the lunch break. I know I would not like to sit next to me making those sounds so what I have started doing is telling them I need handicap consideration! Those long table are really a lot of short ones covered with cloth. They never even ask what my handicap is. They just take one of the little tables, set it off to the side and I'm all fixed.

I like being by myself. Even without the UC it was uncomfortable to sit like that so long. One time a lady came in late and tried to squeeze herself into my "handicap table." I told her I was handicapped and she never asked why, she just left. She was still friendly during the break, too.
Ulcerative Colitis since about 1976
Pan colitis since at least 1994
 
30 years with UC and never had a flare until MD gave massive dose of Magnesiun while hospitalized for bronchitis. I had no family doctor so they had just assigned me to the house doctor. Then was hospitalized a few days for moderate flare. No flares since. But now I have a family doctor.
 
No meds. 
 
 

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