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   Posted 11/25/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in remission but have had pretty noticeable swelling in my lower abdomen. I was on a diet and lost 8lbs but then all of a sudden it stopped and I gained. I fluctuate around 3lbs each day. I've also started having pain in my back - lower and more noticeable in the upper between my shoulder blades. Any ideas? We're going out of town tomorrow but I do have an appointment with my gastro doc next week. I just want to be sure this isn't anything serious.
34 year old female, Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prevacid, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Symbalta, Sustenex, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 11/26/2008 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
sounds like possible gasssss....which can be sometimes be caused by low in the rectum inflammation. Do you have any rectal discomfort upon bms? are you having more "constipated" kind of bms?

Sometimes adding a fibre supplement can help to get things moving through your system faster, unless you have diarrhea, it can slow it down.

What was the diet you were on?...can you expand on what you've been consuming? did you take any supplements, etc?

are you on any artificial sweeteners?

Are you ovulating or near your period?

I hope your doc will be able to help pinpoint your discomfort and have you feeling better soon. I know the pain you describe, and for me, it's gas.
I can look back about 6 - 12 hours and pretty much know what the culprit was. But, if it was constant after eliminating a culprit, I'd know soon enough if it was early symptoms of rectal inflammation.
At that point, I'd increase rectal meds.

*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec 2 or 3  +   1 or 2 Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls @ bedtime
~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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   Posted 11/26/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
In addition to gas, water retention can combine to make lower abdominal bloating worse.

The SI joints of the lower spine can be come inflamed when there's general abdominal inflammation of UC or Crohn's causing pain. Seeing a chiropractor was a big help for me.
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.

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