uc and throat redness, uvula inflammation/swelling

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Sulley
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   Posted 12/14/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
recently, i've been experiencing a swollen uvula and throat redness that won't go away. it's driving me insane because my uvula touches the back of my tongue. feels like it's difficult to breathe, which causes anxiety attacks. i've been to my internist regarding this, the first time, he shined his light down my throat and prescribed claritin-d--the second time, he prescribed azithromycin. neither worked. i was also prescribed pred, 20 mg for a week, which didn't help, really, either. this has been going on for about a month and is showing no signs of resolving itself. the last time i saw my dr., he mentioned something about wondering if this is related to my UC, and now he's out of the office until christmas eve, great.
 
it drives me crazy. anyone else experience these kind of symptoms? i am now only on asacol 3200 mgs a day for UC and have been in remission for a year and a half.

pb4
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   Posted 12/15/2008 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
That would not likely be related to your UC...CD can involve the entire GI tract from mouth to anus but UC is limited to the colon/rectom, although UCers can get mouth ulcers, however what you're describing is not that.

:)
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quincy
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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi..it wouldn't be UC related...but it could be reflux. Purchase some Zantac..150mg..take it twice daily and see if that helps. You'll have to swing the timing regarding your other meds...however...

My reflux affected my voice...colds do affect the larynx for me most often...but the reflux diagnosis when that was happening was a bit of a surprise.

The other thing it "might" be is your toothpaste. Some cause much discomfort in my mouth. It's not really an allergy, it's an irritation.....

You'll have to do some experimenting...

Are you gargling with any mouthwash? Sometimes that can be irritating on delicate tissue in the mouth.

quincy
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 5th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate)....1 each  @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (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 !!!
 


Sulley
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   Posted 12/15/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks to both of you. i've kind of considered the reflux thing because it does happen to me. it will come up in the back of my throat all of the time when i try to burp and stuff like that. i have some prevacid left over from my last course of pred when i was flaring last year, more than enough to last me for a couple of months. if that doesn't work, i'll try changing my toothpaste, but i haven't been using my mouthwash at night ever since this started happening, so i know it's not that. thansk again. i'm just womnderong why my doc would mention my uc, unless he thinks it could be cd, which would really suck. when i was in the hospital last year, i was in a bed next to a guy with cd. i thought that i had problems, but his were way worse.

quincy
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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Let us know how you do after trying the Prevacid. I wouldn't worry about the possibilities of CD just yet...and regarding UC...well it's always possible in an indirect way, but it's always easy to connect something that's obvious.
The internist did give it a fair shot regarding meds...since nothing worked, even the pred or allergy med...I'd still lean towards reflux.

Oh, have you yet seen an ENT? If not, I would put that on your list. The both times I saw mine, the tube down the nose to see what was going on defintely gave the diagnosis. Once infection in the larynx, the other time reflux. Who'd've thunk?

All our health issues are subjective..while it's good to keep things in perspective, using others as a measuring stick for yourself can be more stressful.

Hope you have improvement soon,
quincy
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 5th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate)....1 each  @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (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 !!!
 


Sulley
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   Posted 1/6/2009 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
just to give an update. went to see the ENT today, he said that my problems are a perfect storm of post nasal drip and acid reflux. put that tube up my nose and down my throat and said that the things at the base of my voice box were "like little cherries" and that it's just about as textbook as it gets as far as reflux goes. he said that i might want to check with my GI to make sure the reflux isn't due to inflammatory disease. gave me nasonex and nexium. now, hopefully i'll get better. thanks for the advice, seems like you were spot on, quincy.

quincy
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   Posted 1/6/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy to hear you went to the ENT. I had the same situation, which caught me by surprise actually.

The reflux is a gastro disorder...so, your GI might want to do a check to make sure there aren't any lesions created in the esophagus from the acid.

Hope the Nexium helps and that you feel better soon.

I used nasonex..smelled awful and I ended up with a sinus infection...but...that doesn't mean it won't work for you. I hear they changed the formula and doesn't smell.

Keep us posted.
q
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (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 !!!
 


exquise
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   Posted 4/7/2009 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I have the same issue. My uvula is so long, it feels like a spagetti is stock between my tongue and my throat. I saw an ENT in january and he ordered  prednisone and Z-pack.. which didn't help at all. I  am going to see another ENT. I hope he'll find what is it! rolleyes

sickliz77
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   Posted 6/20/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I too, am having the swollen uvula. It does drive you crazy! However, I had pharyngitis first-took Z-pack, then I went to a different Dr., because a week later I have ulcers in my mouth and red sore throat! So , they only gave me magic mouthwash. I'm already taking Nasonex and Omeprazole. The mouthwash is like snot so it's very difficult to use. It really makes me wonder if it's not related to all of our intestinal woes, though. Oh, also they did a throat culture...Normal - no strep. So now I'm just gonna pray. Probably should have done that first. LOL!
Had my gallbladder out in 2001,chronic inflammatory bowel disease diagnosed(FINALLY) in August 2008, Psoriasis, Had severe eczema and asthma as a small child (now no) Psoriatic Arthritis, chronic sinusitis,allergies,  including one episode of anaphylactic shock while having one of my "bowel episodes" at my daughters pediatricians office. Current meds: Omeprazole 20mg in AM,Flonase nasal spray, Quit Bentyl since it was the only med I had taken 30 min. prior to anaphylactic shock. Quit Nexium because it is too expensive! My PCP refuses to treat me, my GI doc only prescribed Nexium, and then NEVER discussed a treatment plan with me after telling me I had chronic inflammatory bowel disease when he got the results from all of my biopsies and test results from a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. I need a GREAT doctor!


bbc
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 6/20/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Once you get UC its very easy to blame it for many other maladies which mostly end up not being related...

quincy
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   Posted 6/21/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
There are mouth sores that are related to UC...but one would have to have that diagnoses as such.

If one gets them often, then do get them checked out as you did sickliz77.

Did the doctor take a swab?

Magic Mouthwash (as I read) seems to have lots of stuff in it to cover a pee-pot full of possibilities...I would think that if you have it, you should use it. I can only imagine that the texture would be difficult to use. Are you supposed to swallow it afterward?

Keep us posted as to the whether it's working or not.
quincy


*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~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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