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anglfrmhvn69
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
just got back from the gi app. he is putting me on pentasa 500mg twice a day i think i havent gotten it filled it.has anyone had any luck with this med.? and he wants to do complete blood work which i'm ok with that,but i was wondering why would he want to do a stool culture?i never had to have that done,just curious as to what this would be for.

pamela

 i was diagnosed with uc on april.16,2003. had my sec. colonoscopy on aug.22,2007 came back normal.

currently flaring on prednisone 60mg x1 week,40mg x1 week, 20mg x1 week.

i also take nexium 40mg once a day for acid reflux.

take one multivitamin a day

started taking one a day acidophilus probiotic

one a day omega 3 fatty fish oil capsule

                                                                      

 


Peety
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   Posted 11/21/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Culture may be to check for pesky parasites -- or maybe unusual levels of bacteria? For most it would be to check for blood, but we already know the answer to that.
Blood work can reveal deficiencies, it's good to get that done.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 11/21/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
     My GI doctor had me take a stool sample over to the lab a few years back.  Yes, it is for parasites and bacteria.  It was negative.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Katmom
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 11/22/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Often they are looking for C-Diff---which they would treat with Flagyl instead of more UC drugs. They need 3 samples over 3 days to confirm this when you go into the hospital. Most UC patients are put on "contact", which is a nice private room, till they are sure it is not some contagious condition. Not sure how many samples when you are an out patient.
Daughter,15 diagnosed 1-08 w/ UC Learning from you all.
Asacol, Prevacid, Flagyl, Prednizone 50mg, major flare, now off!, Hosp. @ U of C, Comers, four x this yr. Low residue diet still, and still having problems.
6MP, Colazol ,horrible acne/moon for awhile- No more Pred,but 6mp isn't working. Remicade next up.
Trying probiotics, fish oil, and Mangosteen for kicks.
update:
On 2nd infusion of Remicade, and still on all of the other drugs., except Flagyl and Pred. Better, not healed.


anglfrmhvn69
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 327
   Posted 11/22/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
ok now i underdstand alot better thanks for your replies

pamela

 i was diagnosed with uc on april.16,2003. had my sec. colonoscopy on aug.22,2007 came back normal.

currently flaring on prednisone 60mg x1 week,40mg x1 week, 20mg x1 week.

i also take nexium 40mg once a day for acid reflux.

take one multivitamin a day

started taking one a day acidophilus probiotic

one a day omega 3 fatty fish oil capsule

                                                                      

 

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