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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My Dr. has asked me to write a bm journal (consistency, frequency, blood/no blood, cramping/no cramping, urgency...). Not too sure what he will earn from my journal...
Has anyone else had to do this?
23 years old
Moderate-Severe Pancolitis
Diagnosed October 2008
12 Asacol (3 pills 4 times a day)
Entocort enemas nightly since Dec 2008
Daily Multi-Vitamins
Daily Fibre intake - 1 tbsp Metamucil
Protec Probiotics - I pill at bedtime

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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
when my husband was flaring so badly we kept a log and brought it to the Dr's office for him to look over -- when you are living with it day in and day out and you are in the Dr's office trying to answer all kinds of questions the log/journal helps.
What we also did was also keep track of the foods being eaten as well to see if there was any connection insofar as urgency and frequency were concerned on subsequent BM's

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran  Zero mg prednisone  12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema every other PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month

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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I do the same thing, keep track of BM's AND food. This way I hopefully might be able to find any links.
Chuck - 28 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 08 - pancolitis
Pentasa 500mg 2pills-4x daily
Prednisone 50mg 45mg 40mg 35mg 30mg day - Calicium + Vit D
Multivitamin, vitamin C, probiotics, fish oil
"If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?"

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   Posted 1/23/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   

a bm and food diary is essential if you want to make any connections to what you eat and your lifestyle.  I also record briefly how I felt that day and what I did especially how much exercise I got.  It really is useful give it a go. 


Diagnosed mild-moderate UC 1999
Previously sulfasalazine, prednisone, steroid enema, currently 8 asacol daily mildly flaring off and on.  Experimenting with diet.  I really miss chocolate!

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 1/23/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I keep a daily food journal, what I did for exercise, where I was (I travel a lot for my job) as well as indicate when I get a flare.  No detailed BM info but it does sound like a good idea.
33 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)

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   Posted 1/23/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I keep a detailed Bm/excercise journal as well as a detailed Food/BM journal. My GI recomended it. He has me sum each day up with a red pen and when I see him he actually read the summaries to get a feel for how I'm doing. If I had a really bad day the he reads the black pen writing to see if there was a reason. Actually we talked about combining both journals into one see how that worked. I keep track of med times in the food journal also.
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol

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   Posted 1/23/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor has me keep a journal also. He always wants to know what it looks like
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Entocort 3 in the morning

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