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   Posted 12/11/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
hi i new that eventually my daughter was going to get to a place where emotionally the disease would affect her.
she has been away for most of the year since her diagnosis home for a few weeks here and there, but mostly away at college or living in the city for the past suummer for a
job, something she really wanted to do.but it's all bitter sweet. this week she has cracked, letting me know that she doesn't feel like herself and hasn't for a while-she feels sad
and has a hard time being happy. no surprise to me, i admired her for her courage and gave her the space to do what she wanted. i have to thank all of you for listening and advising me
it kept me off her back giving me a place to air my anxiety and find information.

the point is now that she is expressing that she may be possibly depressed i am sad but doing the best for her. i called her gastro and she had a psychiatrist call my daughter and they set up a consult -she will be coming home sunday and will see the psychiatrist monday. but she will only be home for 2 weeks if she needs to be put on medication, will it interfere withthe 6mp, i am afraid that anything that goes throught the body can change the
medicines effectivenss or tax her liver and kidneys more. is anyone successfully taking the 6mp ,colozol and an antidepressant?
what are some antidepressants that are used with respect to all the other meds.
she finally sees the rash fading that she has had since sept. and is planning on studying in london for spring semester.

thanks for listening.
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
colazal 3 x3 daily
purinethol 6mp=50mg daily
culturelle probiotic 2 daily
chewable vitamin
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day soon to be weaned-done
Yaz birth control pill for cramps started around 2003

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   Posted 12/11/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
If your daughter is prescribed an antidepressant then the doctor will choose the one best for her based on her symptoms. Not all ADs are the same and it's not a one size fits all solution. You will find many UCers take ADs and they take a variety of different ones. They shouldn't compromise her UC drugs but the pharmacist will be your best resource to check this out.

Depression is normal with kids her age not to mention kids with chronic illnesses. Thank goodness you were able to catch it and that she is willing to talk about it.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

invisible reflections
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   Posted 12/11/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there! I don't have an answer to your question but I just wanted to let you know that I am also a 19 yr old college student and was diagnosed about a month before your daughter. So I can definitely relate to your daughter. Going to school, living away from home, and coping with a chronic illness can be very difficult. That's why I'm so thankful for this forum to talk to others who are going through the same thing. Does she have an account on healingwell? If she's interested in contacting me, even if it were just once, I'd love to chat and share my experiences. Best of luck to you and your daughter. My e-mail is smilewinkgrin
Recently gone into remission!

Currently tapering off of prednisone from 50mg, currently @ 12.5mg and suffering from withdrawal symptoms : (

Colazal(generic)= 9 pills
Immuran (Azathioprine)= 3 pills (150mg)

Diagnosed 10/07

Flares on Feb 08 and Aug 08

19 year old female college student taking one day at a time...
A little optimism goes a long way.
"Look at the sun and your shadow will fall behind you."

Old Hat
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   Posted 12/12/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Rey. It's good that your daughter is going for the consult on Monday. It may be that she won't need any AD. Maybe she's a bit overwhelmed by all that she has to do with the semester ending + preparation for upcoming study in London. Remind her (and yourself) of all she has accomplished since being diagnosed with UC last fall. If that pesky thigh rash is finally going away, that's another plus to chalk up. Just try to stay positive and you'll both get through this latest dilemma, too. Best wishes & please keep us posted. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 67
   Posted 12/12/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Rey, your daughter's got a great mum!
UC is darn hard to cope with, but it sounds like your daughter is a real battler. Good on her. I'd be amazed if there was a single person on this forum who has never suffered at least some of the symptoms of depression. Sometimes, just the constant drain on physical energy can make us all down and take some of the colour out of life. I'm glad she's getting to see a professional who will be able to help her out, and it's even better that he/she is going to start from a position of knowing your daughter has UC.
UC - diagnosed Sep 2008 - Not seen GI since then...
Omeprazole 2 x 20mg
Prednisolone 20mg
Calcium (Adcal-D3) 3000mg
Mesalazine 8 x 500mg
Mesalazine foam enema
Multivitamins x 2
Omega 3
Probiotic (acidophilus)
Ferrous Sulphate 3 x 200mg

Unable to tolerate Paracetamol

Foods for me to avoid:
Any types of green leaf - big time.

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Total Posts : 75
   Posted 12/12/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Lexipro helps me stay level and positive. I'm on a low dose but that might just what your daughter needs to stay calm and manage the world along with the annoying disease. Good luck hope all works out.
Jeff, 24, Diagnosed July 2007 probably had it since 2005 but no real symptoms till July 2007 *Update 3/25/08: Entire Colon UC*
Lialda - 2.4mg 2x Day
Rowasa 1x (for spot treating and flare ups)
Centrum Multi-Vitamin 1X Day
Probiotics by Ethical Nutrients- Intestinal Care (Started Recently During a Long Flare Seems To be Working Wonders) 2x day
Slow Fe (Iron supplement)- 1x day
Lexipro- 2x Day 10Mg

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   Posted 12/12/2008 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Rey, a lot of us do take antidepressants. People with chronic disease of any kind are more likely to develop depression. I've never heard of anyone having problems with their UC due to antidepressants.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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