How long does it take to get out of a flare?

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NostraHistoria
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   Posted 1/23/2009 4:08 AM (GMT -6)   
How long does it take to get out of a flare? I guess I am having my first flare since I was diagnosed in 2005. I am not having any luck since September 2008. I am worried. Can some of you tell me how long it takes to get out of a flare?
26m - Dx January 2005
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


jars05
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   Posted 1/23/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Depends...everyone is different, and UC is never predictable.
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Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
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JM21204
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   Posted 1/23/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I never get out of one unless I take Prednisone (40 mg). The flare usually goes away after a week or so, but the Prednisone tapering lasts 4-6 weeks.
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)
 


unclebubba
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   Posted 1/23/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I am just coming out of my first flare which started in Nov 2007, hit hard in feb 2008. So about a year for me for this first one. COurse its my understanding the first one is "normally" the longest till you find out wat works for you. After that you kind of have a baseline to start from.
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


subdued
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   Posted 1/23/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
unclebubba said...
COurse its my understanding the first one is "normally" the longest till you find out wat works for you. After that you kind of have a baseline to start from.


I hope so. My first two lasted six months, and my third, three months.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners


Christine1946
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   Posted 1/23/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
     Usually my flares last two months but last year was a doozy...seven months.
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.


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 1/23/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you have to use prednisone for 6-7 months?
26m - Dx January 2005
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


Christine1946
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   Posted 1/23/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
     Unfortunately, yes, I did.  The doctor initially had me start at 30 mgm and taper, but when I was weaned off, within two weeks my symptoms returned.  It wasn't until he "jump started" the prednisone at 40 mgm with a 10 mgm per week taper that I was able to attain remission.  He also had stopped the 6MP while I was in the hospital because when I was admitted my pancreatic enzyme levels were off the wall and he thought it was due to the 6MP.  However, when my levels returned to normal he started me back on the 6MP about a month later.  He keeps a close check on my enzyme levels (which are always within normal limits now) but my white count is down to 2.4....which doesn't make me too happy, but he doesn't seem concerned yet.  So, I believe that the prednisone along with the 6MP, which takes about three to six months to kick in, brought me to remission.  Oh, I have been on Colazal for years too.
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.


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 1/23/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
That is a really long time. I guess that I should be on Entocort for months for it to work.
26m - Dx January 2005
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


Christine1946
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   Posted 1/23/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
       Not familiar with Entocort...what is that?
 
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.


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 1/23/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Entocort is another steroid. http://www.entocortec.com/Patient/
26m - Dx January 2005
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


bbc
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   Posted 1/23/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't see any rectal meds...uyou should give them a try and you might even need the Entocort.
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4/2)
Corti Foam p.m. 5X per week and canasa every other day
Natural anti fungal, anti inflammation supplements and Probiotics.
Bowel Soother and IntestiNew, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Eliminated Fructose and Corn Syrup
Reduced sugar in my diet by at least 70%
Reduced wheat products by 70% 
Could never tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily (unless like now : (  I've lost too much weight)
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
 
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Sue2z
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   Posted 1/24/2009 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I only have it for a week or so , then I go back on my meds which are salofalk enemas every second day then everythird or fourth once cleared.  In a flare at the moment, Im on narcotic drugs for fibro which really mess thinggs up. sue2z

Fibromyalgia, ulcerative colonitus, arthritus, bi-polar
norspan patch, valium, prothiedon, lyrica

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