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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 10/19/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I am posting for the first time but I was diagnosed with UC back in Feb 08. Ironically the day of my colonoscopy I also found out I was going to be a dad. Talk about bittersweet...I'm 25 by the way.
My doctor prescribed Pentasa 1000mg a day right after the colonoscopy and within a week or so the blood stopped and within a month or so the pain went away too,and I went back to work. By the end of the April I felt 100% and not long after made the mistake of stopping to take the Pentasa. I went the rest of the summer with no problems. I should also mention I work as a helicopter pilot and am away from home for 6 weeks at a time in the summer. I made it home in september for extended time off and to be there for the birth of my son. 
Almost emediatly after making it home, the pain came back. I get alot of gas with the pain usually and at the first sign of it, I started taking the Pentasa again. Unfortunatly not long after the pain came back, so did the blood. It seemed to get worse and worse very slowely. 8 Days ago my son was born, and since then the bleeding seems to have slown down, but my bowel movements have also slowed quite a bit. I feel like I have to go to the bathroom often, but usually there is just small amounts and sometimes lots of blood, sometimes none. When I eat normal sized meals now, I feel very nausous and even threw up one time. I feel like my bowel is all blocked up or something and I was wondering if its a typical symptom in UC, or if its more likely in the small intestine.
I know you guys will think I'm crazy, but I haven't been to the doctor since this recent flare up has occured. I'm not just being stuborn I do have a reason. I am supposed to go back to work November 3rd and my employer has been very patient with me having time off so far. I'm scared to push it. If I go to the doctors, the resulting tests will not allow me to go back to work november 3rd. This could cost me my dream job I've wanted since i was 2 years old. It is very difficult to get another job in the helicopter industry right now...and with a about stress...

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 10/20/2008 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to HW. First of all, congrats on the new baby! :) Second, I need to do a bit of hand slapping here so I apologize in advance. This is your health you are talking about. Without a healthy body, how in the world are you going to keep your dream job if you get it?? Bleeding is nothing to mess around with. It can cause soooo many complications that it should be taken care of. Uc is a lifelong chronic illness and it has to be addressed as such. Go to the doc, ask to be placed on rectal meds in addition to your Pentasa. The sooner you start it, the sooner you will feel better and hopefully by the time Nov 3rd rolls around you will be feeling good again. Stress can trigger a flare for some - myself included. So try to de-stress your life - I know it's not easy nor is it possible at times. Hang in there and hopefully you can tame this beast soon.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 124
   Posted 10/20/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
hey born 2 fly, do you know if having UC would stop me becoming a commercial airline pilot? I guess you still have the OK to fly so perhaps it's OK? I second Red's suggestion get some proper advice and medication.

Currently in no mans land between flare and remission

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 10/20/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
During my last medical I told my doctor I had UC and a flare in feb but none since then (since I hadn't had any since then at the time) and my doctor said "Ok but its cleared up now? I'm not even going to put it down". I think he said that becuase he knew they wouldnt deny me in the long run but I might have had to go through alot of hoops. All you can do is ask a doctor who issues aviation medicals. I've seen nothing in the regulations preventing people with Crohns or UC from being pilots.
This would be easier if it was about going for my dream job. The problem is I already have it. I heard they laid off a wack of pilots at my company this year and I feel very lucky to have my job at the moment. I have been thinking about it though and I am going to see a doctor. It might change my life in a bad way but I guess when it comes to your health you can't mess arround.

Post Edited (Born2fly) : 10/20/2008 10:17:53 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 255
   Posted 10/20/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome toHW and congrats onthe new baby! I agree with Red. It's important to get this checked out. The sooner you get appropriate treatment for a flare, the quicker it goes away. Also, from what you described, you may have a blockage.

Not only for your dream job, but for the sake of your health and familiy, please don't mess around. Go to the doctor!

Tressa 35 (F) in WNY
UC w/skip lesions & stomach ulcers
Asacol 12/day, prilosec twice/day, Canasa as needed

Hans C
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 10/20/2008 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Most people get diarrhea with a flare but my doctor said it's also common to be constipated with a flare...
There must be many other pilots with UC it's pretty common...
It must have been stressfulk leading up to the birth, maybe things will clam down now.
My sympathies (and congratulations!) though... good luck!
age 26  ------------- diagnosed 2004 (probable left sided)

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