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loulou2006
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   Posted 12/28/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
Does anyone else's UC get much worse in the winter?  As soon as there is a cold snap I am always always guaranteed to get a flare up - even though I have been completely fine all year.  Or maybe it is just a coincidence..?
 
 

quincy
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   Posted 12/28/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi..I actually love the cold weather...but the stress of Christmas time and the fact that I'm busy and seem to get a cold (or 2 of 3!!!) this time of year puts me over the edge. I also take Cold FX...took a lot this season but since have stopped..and that could have helped in the exacerbation (as well as me being on low maintenance of retention enemas).

I don't think it's the winter as much as it's our perception and what else goes on and how many people around us are sick and what meds we're on......you'd have to self-analyse your situation.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, enemas nightly (sigh!!)
~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 !!!
 


chaosemerald
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/28/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, yes and YES. I agree with Quincy that winter is a stressful time of year and this can certainly impact on our immune system and, thus, UC. But I think the weather itself also plays a part in weakening our immunity, which is why we all seem to get colds and flu this time of year. These illnesses can trigger a flare up too. I also find that going outside in the cold triggers stomach cramps and makes me desperate for the toilet. Every winter I suffer the worst with flare ups, so I can completely relate. I just feel like locking myself indoors and hibernating till spring comes round! :)

Best wishes
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Diagnosis: Ulcerative pancolitis 11/2006 and PSC 11/2007
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LovelyDay
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   Posted 12/28/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
You know I thought it was just a coincidence too that when the cold weather rolled around, I started having extremely bad flare ups. I have had UC for 3 years now, and every time it is during the winter months I start to have flare ups. I have even tried tanning to see if it could help along with taking prednisone and sulfasalazine. Nothing seems to be working!!

Joma
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   Posted 12/29/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Yup, me too. Well actually I always start to flare in the fall (September, October) and end up being in full blown flare by December which usually lasts through to February, March. Then I am OK until the following fall.

jujub
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   Posted 12/29/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I wonder if there's a relationship between this and the fact that people in farther northern latitudes have a higher statistical chance of developing UC?

I never developed a pattern. I was in flare for nearly five years after diagnosis, then started Remicade and have been in remission for almost three years. A lot of people do have regular patterns, though, and fall/spring flares are common, I've noticed here. Maybe something to do with the change in the weather??

Hey, someone write a grant and study this!
Judy
 
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.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 
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princesa
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   Posted 12/29/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed in the cold late winter of '99 and was back in the ER almost exactly a year later. My GI at the time suggested either an allergy component, holiday/family stress and/or overindulgence of rich holiday foods. I suspected a link to seasonal affective disorder. In addition to the therapies listed in my signature, I use a full-spectrum light box twice a day during the cold winter months where exposure to direct sunlight is almost non-existant.
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.
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 12/29/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed in January '89, but the diarrhea/flare started in the summer of '86.

I pretty much stopped going out in the sun in the early '80s, but I had an obvious sensitivity to it since about 1976. I do, however, think the sensitivity was from being on the pill...instant rash and then welts where the sun hit my skin. Very frustrating....but certain sunscreens helped more than others.

princesa...How long do you sit at the light box? which one do you have?
Have you found any changes in your sleeping patterns?

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, enemas nightly (sigh!!)
~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 !!!
 


princesa
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 2204
   Posted 12/29/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
After spending my teens/20s sun bathing and getting as dark as possible, I did an about face with all of the skin cancer scares and began avoiding sun exposure as much as possible. With all of the recent findings about the benefits of vitamin D and sunlight being the best way to get it, I'm now rethinking my position. Dr. Mercola has several good articles on his site for anyone who wants to learn more.

I pull out the light box when we go off daylight saving time in the fall and use it until we go back on in the spring. The one I have is small and I set it on the dining table and sit in front of it for about 30 minutes in the morning while I eat breakfast and another 30 minutes in the evening while I eat dinner. The broad spectrum light therapy greatly improves my mood and I feel like it's helped me avoid flaring during my "danger zone" of Jan - Mar.

I generally don't have any problems sleeping so I can't speak to whether or not it would help there.

Here's a link to the one I have:

http://www.fullspectrumsolutions.com/ultraluxi_light_box_301_prd1.htm


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.
 
 


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 31006
   Posted 12/29/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
9 x 11 is a good size.

I have heard that 10 minutes in the sun daily without sunscreen is the limit but to help with vitamin D, well-being, etc. .

I'm sensitive to sunscreen, but don't mind a short time in the sun without it unless I'm forced to be..then I have to use it.

I worked in cosmetics in the early '80s and the 40 year old women that came to my counter looked horrific with their dark brown spots and leathery skin.
The sun damage that was done on my arms, face and torso in my late teens is evident today...unfortunately, I used to burn and blister in areas, and there's not much I can do about it because I have fragile thin skin..sigh.
I already had basal skin cancer on my face and my husband (who is fair as well) had quite a few skin cancers cut out from his face and back.

I should think about the light regardless for both me and my husband. Did you order yours on-line?


A bit off-topic, but would like the info from you...thanx.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, enemas nightly (sigh!!)
~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 !!!
 

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