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hamley
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/21/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Alright,
 
good news is that I've been upgraded!  The doctors are now saying (since they never seem to get their diagnosis right) that I have mild colitis (not ulcerative) that was brought on by an antibiotic that I was on a few weeks ago...
 
bad news... apparently the CT scan that was taken while I was in the hospital showed an ovarian cyst that needs removed.  Do you believe that they never told me this the 3 times that I was in the hospital??!!  I Just found out at my follow-up GI appointment where he mentioned it to me casually.  unbelievable.  Now I have to worry about Gyno appointments!
 
Well, I'm slightly confused as to why the colitis was brought on by a week's worth of antibiotic (for when I had wisdom teeth removed) and not last winter when I was on the same antibiotic for a few weeks, when I had a wisdom tooth infection?  Doesn't make sense.  Also, this does mean that I do have the disease...and that the antibiotic I was taking just caused a flare-up?  I'm slightly confused on the whole "antibiotic-caused colitis" part.  Any answers?
 
Thanks!
 
 


Female- almost 21!
Diagnosed 9/1/08

mild UC- left sided
Meds:  Rowasa 4g
Asacol 400 mg two 3 times/day
Hyoscyamine .125mg every 4 hrs
Percocet/ Vicodin as needed
multivitamin





 

Post Edited (hamley) : 9/21/2008 8:16:12 PM (GMT-6)


Peety
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   Posted 9/21/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
The antibiotic kills the bacteria which allows increases in yeast in your colon. You can take a strong probiotic to get the right bacteria back into your colon and get rid of the excess yeast. That's my understanding, in a nutshell. I don't know why sometimes it is a long-term problem or if/why it can be quickly or permanently corrected. I suppose more is known now, which helps! I got my UC from taking Accutane for acne back in the 1980's and maybe if it was known about probiotics then I might have had better health. I'm trying to get yeast/bacteria corrected now, and it is working well. I suggest you take probiotics, it can't hurt.
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, dairy-free (other sensitivities) etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for anemia.
 


princesa
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   Posted 9/22/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My UC was also apparently triggered by a course of broad-spectrum antibiotics. In my case, it was Biaxin. My understanding is certain antibiotics are harder on a sensitive gut than others, although all have the undesirable effect of killing off beneficial bacteria.
 
Here are some links you might find helpful:
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 


hamley
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 52
   Posted 9/22/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Peety, I think I will try the probiotics...


Thanks for the links, princesa!
Female- almost 21!
Diagnosed 9/1/08

mild UC- left sided
Meds:  Rowasa 4g
Asacol 400 mg two 3 times/day
Hyoscyamine .125mg every 4 hrs
Percocet/ Vicodin as needed
multivitamin





 


Gigi1227
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 9/22/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I had never heard of probiotics until I came down w/ UC! Now, I never miss a dose! Perhaps if I had known about them then I wouldn't have come down w/ this disease when I quit smoking.

Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Currently Flaring GRRR
 
Canasa
Asacol
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Psyllium
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
 
 

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