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bobbit
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   Posted 1/4/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
It would be interesting to know if there are any smokers in this group?
maybe a stab in the dark but i would say none, please post if you smoke or not it will be interesting,
ROB

Sara14
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   Posted 1/4/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I smoke, but I want to quit.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


DesertDance
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   Posted 1/4/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read that smokers do not get UC. I am a non smoker. Thinking of taking it up! Then I can trade my UC for lung cancer!!

bobbit
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   Posted 1/4/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Desert dancer, smoking is not the answer and you do not want to make that trade !!
it has been said that nicotine patches have been given out or have been looked into, could someone confirm this or blow the myth out of the water.
ROB

Sara14
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   Posted 1/4/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Desert - I am a smoker and I got UC. It is less likely for smokers to get UC (and more likely for them to get Crohn's), but I guess it didn't work that way for me. Yes, nicotine patches have been shown to help in one study. If you google search "nicotine patches" and "ulcerative colitis" you should find the study.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


jujub
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   Posted 1/4/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
It isn't that smokers "don't get" UC, but that statistically fewer smokers get UC than non-smokers. Also, it often appears after people stop smoking. We have had a number of people here go back to smoking, with about 50-50 results. Some have improved UC symptoms, others don't. I've seen no information suggesting that UCer's who have never smoked gain any benefit from smoking. And I think most who have tried the patches have not benefitted. There are some experts who suggest it's the carbon monoxide from cigarettes that has the effect rather than the nicotine.

At any rate, what's worse than uncontrollable D. ten times a day? Uncontrollable D and having to drag an oxygen tank with you every time you go into the bathroom.
Judy
 
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Sara14
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   Posted 1/4/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's that study I mentioned:

"Colitis Responds To Nicotine Patch"
http://www.personalmd.com/news/a1997030310.shtml
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


DesertDance
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   Posted 1/4/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sara, for the link to the study. I find it interesting. It helped some and not others, but for those it helped, I imagine it was worth it. I'm wondering what second hand smoke does. Heading to Vegas tomorrow, and I'm sure I'll get a steady dose of that!

unclebubba
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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Not a smoker, but i do use copenhagen so I get my nictotine that way..... UC showed up after I had cut way back on the amount i was chewing. Not sure if theres a link there or not. I am now using the same amount as I have for years and the UC is still here.
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
 
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
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update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08


Peety
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   Posted 1/4/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Never smoked, anything.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


baby230802
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   Posted 1/4/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
me either - neva smoked and neva will
Was told i had colitis in May 08.
Still have no clue about what sets me off
HATE THIS !!!!
 
took enemas  - NEVER again
 
Now takin 2 Asacol in mornin, 2 at night. (400mg )
Also take Co-codamol 500Mg for pain
 


Mitzo
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   Posted 1/4/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
My signature below tells a story that is sadly common.

21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.
  •  Psyllium powder
  • Culturelle probiotic
  • Pentasa
  • Colonoscopies show no inflammation
  • Stool tests show no parasites
  • Tests show no celiac
  • Entocort helps for a week or two then D returns

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