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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Someone told me that he got his UC symptoms after few month he quite smoking. I was thinking...After I quit smoking, I've got pregnant, and then, after few month my baby was born, I was diagnosed with UC. Does UC and smoking related? Who had the same experience? I know it's stupid question cos nobody knows where it comes fron, but I'm just curies...


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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   

I would never recommend smoking to anyone, but it is thought that smoking can actually prevent/control UC symptoms.

some people smoke when they have to go on long car rides, etc to control the symptoms

again, smoking is not a good remedy.

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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   

yes, smoking can help, but as always, what works for some doesn't work for all... read this link...


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   Posted 12/15/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not planning to start smoking, but has anyone got UC after quitting?
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   Posted 12/16/2008 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
when i was first diagnosed, my doc said that my flare "could" have been triggered by my quitting smoking.
i had a severe flare for year and half and i didnt smoke.
now, during  this last flare, i started smoking again (3-5 cigs a day) and i have gotten better so much faster.
my docs all say 'dont smoke, its bad for you, but there is a link"
one actually prescribed the patch and the gum.
but i think the cigs have helped me this last flare.
now that im pretty much better,  i am going to 'taper' my cigs.
no quit cold turkey as i dont want to chance re-flaring, but slowly i will cut them out.
we'll see what happens i guess.
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i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all :(

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   Posted 12/16/2008 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Tons of people with UC have their diseased triggerd from quitting smoking, that said, many who don't quit still can get UC regardless, the majority might have milder cases but nothing is written in stone...genetics play a huge roll in the behvior and severity of IBD as well.

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   Posted 12/16/2008 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone i normally frequent the ostomy site,  but after seeing this topic i had to read it. I find this topic fascinating. I suffered all my life with severe constipation, pain bloating etc....... i always found that smoking helped me. Some people thought i was just trying to use any old excuse to carry on with a bad habit, but truthfully wasnt like that. I stopped smoking lots of times and it always got worse. I had my large bowel rremoved last year and after a while my bms started to go away again and i was getting constipated again. i started again and things improved, then doing other things too helped me on my way. I am not ready to stop and dont know if i ever will, yes smoking is bad i think everyne can agree to that but sometimes a minority of people are helped by it. My doc agreed. he says that the stimulants in ciggies can help get you moving.  Just thought i would share my opinion, thank you

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   Posted 12/16/2008 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I started back smoking November 5th and thus far it has improved my UC! I tried the nico patch/can't handle the gum/but it didn't do much for me. Unfortunately, it is the cigarettes that have made my improvement.

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   Posted 12/16/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, I honestly can't say if by quitting smoking triggered my Uc. I got pregnant with my son, quit smoking of course. I started seeing symptoms but I didn't recognize it at the time, I thought it was just something I ate that was giving me D. It was real sporadic too. I started smoking again after my son was about 6 months old. I ate some turkey that I believe was bad and that started the whole cycle again but this time the symptoms didn't go away and then the bleeding started. I also was sick alot and was on many many antibiotics at that time. So I am not sure if my Uc was triggered by quitting, my pregnancy, bad food or excessive antibiotic usage. But it seems to me that it all originated from me quitting. I'm sure I would've had it triggered eventually though.
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   Posted 12/16/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I was still smoking when I was diagnosed with UC. I quit after the fact.

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   Posted 12/16/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I quit smoking in november 2006. Started bleeding a month later.

Had my last flare up 11/2008. started smoking agian....no more flare ups. It has not gone away 100%. But for me the smoking was the remission drug.

My GI doc told me,
"chris, it would be unethical for me to tell you to start smoking......UC is generally not a smokers disease" and he left it at that.

Yes lung ca might be in the future. But i do all i can to take care of my body minus that one nasty fact. I ride my bicycle 60-80 miles a week and I run every single day 2-3 miles.
Ulcerative Pancolitis diagnosed March 2007.
Quit smoking Dec 2006.

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   Posted 12/19/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I quit smoking and I SWEAR that it what triggered my UC.  I started back up and they went away and then I got pregnant with my son and quit again and then my UC symptoms started again and now have been smoke free since June of 2007 and have dealt with UC symptoms again but took 12 pills a day of Asacol and Canasa enema at night for one month and now I'm symptom free again and am having a hard time whether to renew my prescription as I'm still in denial that this is like diabetic----that is what my doc keeps telling me, I'm going to wait and see if I don't get a flare I'm not renewing my prescription, if I get a flare I'm going to eat a can of spinach a day and a handful of sunflower seeds, which I saw on a nother forum so I'll try to see if I can control it myself without putting medication in my body, not to mention how expensive they are!!

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   Posted 12/19/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I never quit smoking and got UC anyway.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

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   Posted 12/19/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't smoke, but I do use copenhagen snuff. Most of mine started when I met the new girlfriend and she started tryin to get me to quit, so I cut WAY back. Never made the connection till now that me tryin to quit/cut back could have caused all this. Wait till she gets home and I tell her. LOL.
I did however ask my doc about should I quit now that this is going on? Maybe the tobacco juice was upsetting my stomach? ANd he told me that for as long as I had been chewing, my body was adjusted to the juice, and about the studies that the nicotine actually helped. He also kinda wobbled about ethics of tobacco use and not quittin. Didn't come out and tell me NOT to quit, but he leaned that way.
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