Stress, flares and a couple of questions

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   Posted 9/27/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone
I am a new member to this forum and appreciate the feedback from others who have this pain in the (you know what I mean).  I was first diagnosed with proctitis about 4 years ago after a very stressful occurence in my life.  High doses of Colazol seemed to calm the fire and I was flare-free for about 2 years.  about a month ago guessed it ........more nasty stress for an extended period of time (about a month) and it's back again with a vengeance.  Don't know if everyone's experience is the same but stress seems to be the trigger for me and I'm working on ways to deal more effectively with that.  I have heard that digestive enzymes are recommended for colitis since there is malabsorption of nutrients in the gut.  Any comments on experiences with this?  What about HCL? 
I just added a title to your post :-)

Post Edited By Moderator (Red_34) : 9/27/2008 8:05:15 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 9/27/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
reduce stress and anxiety and you are 50% there. IMO

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Asacol Enema, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day.

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   Posted 9/28/2008 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...stress can definitely encourage flares, but remember that we tend to not recognise early symptoms of flares and wait till it gets to the point where the decision to start/increase meds or call the doctor.

You should be on rectal meds...Colazal really isn't enough.

How many Colazal are you on?

Digestive enzymes can encourage diarrhea and increase of bms when starting them...just because things are getting broken down more quickly. The also can cause gas....
Not that it's a bad thing, just that you may have to try a few different ones.

You should be on probiotics.

How far up is your UC?

When was your last visit with the doc?

Welcome to the forum!
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 9/28/2008 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 100% into rectal meds, you have a bum inflammation and if you can reach why not a local med? It's so logical its common sense.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Asacol Enema, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day.

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 9/28/2008 4:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Amazing what stress does to our bodies - emotionally and physically.  I take a multi enzyme as well as a mega probiotic and psyillum tabs and it seems to work for me.  I began my flare mid-may 08 and now I am mildly flaring.  Hope this helps you!
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Feel like I am headed into remission! 

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 9/28/2008 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Been in this flare since April.  Can count on one hand how many "good" days I have had.  Afraid I am now prednisone dependant.  Could you please tell me what a multi enzyme is and if it is sold otc?  Fiber does a number on me while flaring...makes it much worse.  I cut out the flaxseed oil capsules...think it makes me "go" more.

62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Still flaring.   Afraid that I am pred dependant.  Back on Pred 40 mgm for five days, then taper.  Other meds...Colazal, 6MP, Nexium, Cort enemas, Canasa suppository, Benicar, Toprol xl, water pill.
Calcium, Probiotic, Flaxseed oil capsule, multivitamin with Iron
Also have osteoporosis and high blood pressure
Remicade NOT an option. Not a candidate for surgery yet..says surgeon.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 1580
   Posted 9/28/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Although stress does not cause IBD it sure as hell causes my flares!

Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4X2)
Corti Foam p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!

Post Edited (bbc) : 9/28/2008 9:09:14 PM (GMT-6)

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