OTC relief/home remedies for symptoms?

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   Posted 1/10/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in the midst of a flare and in my misery last night was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for over-the-counter meds or home-remedies for symptom relief. I am experiencing bleeding, hard/small stools, stomach cramping/bloating and nausea. It is a weird flare because it is not accompanied by any diarrhea. I am feeling like I am going to have diarrhea, but when I try to "relieve" myself, nothing but a little bit of blood comes out.

I am going to phone my Dr. on Monday, but was hoping that some of you may have some ideas for symptom relief in the meantime.


Dx: mild UC (proctitis/proctosigmoiditis) Aug. 2006 - Sigmoidoscopy revealed inflammation in first 15 cm

Meds: 500 mg Asacol suppository 1x per day

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 1/10/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Chamomile tea usually helps calm things down for me
Diagnosed with UC since August 06
never really remitted

started with asocol but it attacked my liver

now on:
175mg azathioprine
1 Actimel / day - blueberry is the yummiest
<del>just started balsalazide 2 weeks ago (2 tabs 2 times a day)</del> I stopped taking this as it made me feel like crap (no pun intended)

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   Posted 1/10/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
     If you are experiencing bleeding, I wouldn't fool around with home remedies.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 1/10/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Try a little heat, or a an ice pack. Some people prefer one, some the other, it's an individual thing.
I prefer cool, I think it relieves inflamation.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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