Abdominal Cramps

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Amalia
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/29/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know what triggers UC-related abdominal cramps?

I tend to notice them more shortly after extended or strenuous physical activity, but I wasn't sure if there's an actual correlation there.

Do you have any advice on how to prevent them, or how to cope with them when they do happen? I don't want to have to keep worrying about how much pain I'll be in later every time I want to do something.

UCfree_at17
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   Posted 9/29/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
When I start cramping that usually indicates that Im in a flare. But I found that a heating pad is the BESTEST friend you could ever have when cramping lol It REALLY helps with mine.
Not sure what causes it..Still new to this.
Katrina, Senior in high school! =]
Dx with UC March 18,2008
 
Methotrexate shot once/weekly
15mg Prednisone,Iron,Multivitamin,Folic Acid,Probiotic, and Calcium supplement
 
 
 


KatieBwithUC
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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
My cramps are generally triggered by a flare up but sometimes I'll get them if I eat certain foods, especially when they are fried. I live in New Orleans and fried seafood is basically a staple (or was, for me...) and every time I would eat it I would see blood after and experience intense cramps.

Laying in a hot tub/bathtub tends to ease my pain. One doctor said it would be okay for me to take Tylenol (PM if at night) but if my cramps are really severe it doesn't really ease the pain. I guess it depends on how bad they are. And I totally understand that feeling of "how long will I last out in public before the pain gets too bad...." Now I always bring my car places and rarely ride with others because when I have to go, I have to GO.

I've also been prescribed a "cramp" pill called Symax but it didn't do anything for me but maybe it works for other people. Basically my cramps subside when my flare up passes.

Good luck, and hang in there!

ediekristen
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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, heat always seems to ease up my cramps. Although sometimes the cramps are caused by stool/gas that's just hanging out for a bit, and then when I get in the hot shower I find myself jumping out covered in soap to get on the toilet because the heat seems to just get things moving right along.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Sulfasalizine 3000mg/day

 
 


bbc
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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Amalia said...
Does anyone know what triggers UC-related abdominal cramps?

I tend to notice them more shortly after extended or strenuous physical activity, but I wasn't sure if there's an actual correlation there.

Do you have any advice on how to prevent them, or how to cope with them when they do happen? I don't want to have to keep worrying about how much pain I'll be in later every time I want to do something.
Where is your UC and do you have pancolitis?
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!!!


Pooie1981
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 274
   Posted 10/3/2008 5:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I have pancolitis.. and have also noticed cramping after physical activity.. and also have eating food I shouldn't... for example.. if I am eating popcorn I can start feeling the cramping right away!! Sometimes it takes a few days but they eventually subside on their own.
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative PANCOLITIS diagnosed 2004
Asacol 3 pills once/day, Buscopan as needed
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid, Metamucil one tsp per day so far
Flare March-June 2008.. pretty much in remission again July


bbc
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   Posted 10/3/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
My cramps are usually right after a BM and last for hours and hours somedays wth the only relief coming from a Levsen pill.
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!!!

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