UC flare or not???

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at wit's end
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   Posted 1/25/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
For a week now I've had a problem, no bleeding of any sort, no diarrhea, etc. This started last Sunday. Between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. I had 4 bowel movements. All normal in appearance. I have straightened back out to one a day after that. However, I am still having huge amounts of gas down low in my abdomen. I feel like a blimp. I am trying to figure if I obviously consumed too much fiber at some point last week or the week before as I was munching on raisins every day and did have a bowl everyday one way or another of either bran flakes or raisin bran.
 
I cannot get rid of this gas low in my intestines or rectal area, I manage to pass huge amounts in the morning but it is still built up in there and when it is at it's worst I have slight cramping. Should I be concerned with this. I also am experiencing at points huge amounts of gas in my stomach. This stuff is stressing me out really badly as I just want it to go away. All I can think about is how multiple bowel movements and gas are signs of cancer. However I need to remind myself that it is also symptoms of UC and IBS. I have been using Charco Caps and have Gas-X for the stomach gas.
 
I am scheduled to have a colonoscopy February 6th just to check on the state of my colitis since I had several flares this past year. And it has been 3 years since my last one. I was told with colitis I needed one every 3 years. Should I be concerned with any of this? I am just fretting over this stuff. I have this quite often. I wish I could just not worry about it. Thanks.
 

at wit's end


Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance. 


quincy
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   Posted 1/25/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd lean towards yes it's a flare..maybe very mild. But...it could be IBS. It could be too much fibre, for that will give me huge discomfort and distention.

Write down a day's diet and maybe someone can help with possible changes.

I don't think you're on enough Asacol actually...6 would be better.

Are you using the Rowasa? how often?

I personally wouldn't use the charcoal caps...just because your symptoms are getting worse.

Can you increase your fluid intake?

Do you have any antispasmodics? They can help to lessen the spasming and that will sometimes help with releasing the gas.

Are you on any digestive enzymes?

I was flaring as of just before Christmas. I tapered the enemas rather quickly..but am back to using them nighly again because I'm obviously flaring. My symptoms are more urgency, slight rectal discomfort upon bms, gas and some frequency depending on what I've eaten and how much. Stool is pretty much formed but "fluffy" because I'm taking the Metamucil Smooth.

My backache stabbing pain has ceased and my bms are now only in the morning...big changes since using the enemas nightly again. I'll say on them for about 2 + weeks and then taper every second night for about 3 instead of a week and a half...I was feeling good and truly lazy about wanting to use them. Amazing how the body rules.

Hope you feel better soon.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite..back to nightly (Jan 22)..tapered too fast
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


at wit's end
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   Posted 1/25/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Quincy. I do not have anymore enemas and have been taking again digestive enzymes. He increased my asacol to 3 pills twice a day a good while ago. Unfortunately I do not have any antispasmodics. I'm thinking I probably did consume way too much fiber one way or another. I drink lots of water. Not an issue there. Out of the charcoal caps and did not buy anymore.
 
And I hear you about the back discomfort. I've been noticing a bit of that also. Just will have to deal with it and go on about my usual daily business. And hopefully this will clear up totally. Thanks.
Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance. 


pb4
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Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 1/25/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Try those chewable Rolaids, they've always worked better for me than Tums or those other types of OTC gas meds.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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