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willyb99
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/19/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello!!
 
My name is Bill and I am 37 years old. I was diaged with MS in 2000 and more recently UC in 11/07
 
I had a colonoscopy in Nov and the gastro said it is UC.
 
I am in a flare right now, only 2 or 3 BM a day and VERY loose (watery) He has me on Canasa (which I forgot to do today) and Mesalamine enmas at night. I also take 12 asacols a day.
 
What is bothering me is this: I have this nasty gas pain in my stomach, probably constipation. It feels like someone punched me in the stomach and left their fist there. I had this back in march (Gastro kicked me up to 12 asacols from 6) and seems miralax helped. Has any of you experienced this?
 
I am very new to this disease and need to learn more about it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Post Edited (willyb99) : 9/19/2008 7:03:42 PM (GMT-6)


Mitzo
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   Posted 9/19/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill, welcome to the forum! You say you have watery D and a stomach ache. When my doc put me on the mesalamine enemas they gave me massive D and a big stomach ache the whole 6 weeks I used them. Do you think the mesalamine might be the cause of your discomfort? I must add that the enemas DID kill the bloody inflamed flare I had at that time. Some people react to mesalamine with yucky side effects...
21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.

 

  • 3 500mg Pentasa a day
  • Psyllium powder.


willyb99
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/19/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   

I dont know. I had a real bad headache yesterday and I took an Advil because I couldn't take it anymore. I have read one of the meds I am on may be the cause of that.

I am not sure if it is a stomach ache (my definition, bad food) but more like gas that sits real high, almost under my ribs. I was out of work for 2 days. I can handle the D it is almost like clockwork. But this kicks my butt.

I am not sure if it is the cause, like I said I had someting similar to this back in March, maybe the meds are causing it? I dont think much of it becasue I don't (or at least not often) have reactions to meds.

Interesting, I quit smoking in 3/07 and the UC realy kicked in a few months later. I might have always had this but didnt think much of it.


Mitzo
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   Posted 9/19/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the wonderful world of being an ex-smoker who ends up with UC. My story exactly. Anyway, I have a feeling your headache and stomach ache may be mesalamine related. Just my feeling, though, I am not a physician. I had those issues when on mesalamine. It did its job, though, you likely won't have to take it forever. Who wants to stick an enema up their rear daily forever anyway? LOL
21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.

 

  • 3 500mg Pentasa a day
  • Psyllium powder.


jujub
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   Posted 9/19/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
If your diarrhea and pain increased since you started on the Asacol and rectal meds, it could be that you're not tolerating the Mesalamine, which is the active ingredient in all three. Some of us can't tolerate mesalamine but do well with Colazal, which is Balsalazide. The mesalamine enemas do sometimes cause headaches. BUT - use caution when taking ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Alleve) because one of their side effects is GI bleeding. Try tylenol instead.

Welcome to HealingWell,and hope you're soon feeling better, Bill.
Judy - Southern US 
 
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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willyb99
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/20/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
HI

Well I have a call in to the gastro on call. I'm going to stop taking them becasue I cant handle this. I read in the canasa literature if you have stomach cramping to stop taking it and call the doc. OS we'll see what he says! Thank you so much for your input!!
 
**UPDATE**
 
the gsatro told me to not take the enemas for a few days, so just the asacols and supps!! We'll see what happens!
 
Thanks!

Post Edited (willyb99) : 9/20/2008 7:35:05 AM (GMT-6)


Kiss520
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   Posted 9/20/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Last week I had my gallbladder taken out after several days of what I thought was gas pain or possibly constipation. It was high up in my abdomen and it felt like constant pressure (like someone had blown up a balloon inside me). It was especially bad at night. If your symptoms are similar, you may have gallstones and should definitely look into it.

I hope you can figure it out soon. If you're experiencing the same thing I was then you must be feeling pretty miserable. Good luck!!
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 3X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed).
Diet/Exercise:  Avoiding trigger foods, eating very healthy.  Yoga or walking, when possible.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
Status:  Flare
 
 

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