Mild flare-up, and I don't want to go to the doctor.

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   Posted 1/3/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
So I'm pretty sure I'm having a flare-up. It's very mild so far, and I really do not want to go to the doctor and have to start taking steroids. Right now I'm taking Lialda and an immuno-suppressant. Is there a chance this little flare-up will just go away? I'm not having any diarrhea but I am having nausea and abdominal pains.

Should I go to the doctor? Or should I just wait a while before acting. Is there any alternative to taking steroids?

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   Posted 1/3/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
You don't have to take steroids if you don't want to.

You're not around your period time are you? No recent antibiotic use?

I would watch things for a couple of days - make sure to get extra rest and eat well - and if it is still giving you problems, a phone call to the doc may suffice.

Have you used rectal meds?
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   Posted 1/3/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Could it be a viral bug? Or spoiled food? Try to keep yourself well-hydrated & eat very soothing food for a few days to see if the nausea/pain passes w/o changing your UC meds. If it doesn't clear up or gets worse, phone your gastro's office for further advice. Best wishes! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 original Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 1/3/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Both excellent suggestions/thoughts and I'd only add to try not to stress about it so much as it feeds on itself...positive distractions are great. You can also try some peppermint capsules for the pain if the y are spasms. Feel better : )
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   Posted 1/4/2009 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Have you ever used rectal meds?

I always have them on hand, even when I am not flaring, so I can take them at the first sign of a flare. How long do you have UC? With the time, you usually can distinguish between a moody gut, a bug, too much food or a real flare. From my personal experience it gets worse if I wait too long. So just watch out for UC signs like mucus and blood and do try the rectal meds if you hacven't done before. They are difficult to administer first and you have to get used to it and learn it, but it is so worth it. Just a little liquid in your bum can do a whole lot difference at the beginning of a flare and nip it in the bud/butt turn

Hope you feel better soon and hopefully your gut is just a little grumpy.

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