cold weather and colds

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   Posted 1/15/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had a cold for about a week - the northeast has become brutally cold. Last night i woke up from a nap feeling really nauseous and had to used the bathroom for about a half hour. Yesterday I was really gassy. Today I feel kind of soar around my intestines. I feel achy on top of all this and tired - is this just the cold or the weather or is it a start of a flare? I haven't seen any blood so that's good. I took Monday out of work sick and didn't have work today. I would go to my general doctor but I feel like he will say i just have a cold. Thanks for your help and hope everyone is doing well.
Past Meds: Azasan (Imuran) - piercing chest pains after six days so tried different brand aka Azathioprine - morning nausea /didn't really help after more than 6 months, dicyclomine (still flared), Remicade - 7 treatments (stopping because no dramatic changes), allergy shots (03-07), levbid, prednisone (been off since nov. 08!), rowasa
Current meds: Asacol 3 - 3x, Aciphex (acid reflux), canasa every other night, konsyl (fiber for bulking stool), multivitamin, caltrate 2x a day. probiotic (florasmart), astelin (nasal spray as needed for allergies), fosamax (bone density)

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   Posted 1/15/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Colds, flu, viruses etc can all cause a flare. Anytime we are sick it revs up our immune system. You can try upping your probiotic and see if it helps with your symptoms. Just keep an eye on your symptoms and if they get worse, place a call into your GI.
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   Posted 1/15/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that's why I tend to fair in the fall and winter and never in the summer. I hate the cold.
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   Posted 1/15/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
After being in (med-free) remission for 2½ years - I flared in connection with an influenza.
Wonder if next time I have a flu, I should take Mesalin supporties just to prevent a flare??

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   Posted 1/15/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel you on the bitterly cold weather. It's -15 here right now and supposed to get down to -45 with the wind chill tonight. I feel like I may flare more often in the cold weather months, too. I don't know the answer to your question, but I hope you feel better soon.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

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