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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/5/2009 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 26 yrs old and was diagnosed with uc around 10 months ago and during this time i have seen a specialist and a natropathy but even with meds i am constantly having flare up, bloated, alot of blood in stool, gas and recently getting bad pains. I have cut dont suger and wheat also changed my diet but still is the same. I have to wait 2months to see my new specialist and the only thing that is helping me at the moment are my enemas. I play sports and am very active but cant seem to stop these flare ups or control them. Is it true flare ups can happen due to stress and diet or are there more thing aswell... Im very confused in what to try or due while I wait to see the doc. any advise??

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   Posted 2/5/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Exactly which meds are you on at the moment? If you are not on a probiotic right now, it's best to start one. You can usually find them just about anywhere. A probiotic is good bacteria that replaces to over abundant bad bacteria in your intestine. Avoid Nsaids as they promote intestinal bleeding. Nsaids are Aleve, Advil and Ibruprophen. Try to eat a low residue diet - meaning avoid raw fruits and vegetables. This makes the colon work harder and Uc'ers have a hard time with this. Diet though is very individualistic with this disease meaning what works for one doesn't work for another. So it's basically trial and error. These are the basic tips to help control a Uc flare.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 2/5/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
read the spinach and sunflower seed thread on here. It might help you also. Its an easy diet to follow and it helped me a lot. My doc had tried alot of different meds and nothing seemed to be working. Then I tried it and I noticed results almost right away. Isuggest you read the spinach and sunflower seeds success stories thread first, then read the spinach and sunflower seed thread. Its worth a try. It has helped lots on here, not everyone, but lots. And its definately cheaper than meds.
Am not suggesting you quit with "traditional" meds or give up on traditional doctor, but this might just help and give you relief.
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
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08
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 2/5/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
     Hope you don't wind up like I did.  When I first got sick ten years ago I couldn't get in to see a GI doctor for three months.  My condition worsened and my husband had to take me into the ER.  I was hospitalized for eight days back then and it was confirmed I had UC.  If your symptoms get worse see if your doctor could give you a prescription for prednisone.  My doctor usually starts me at 40 mgm with a 10 mgm taper weekly.  That is the only drug which helps me pronto.
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/ 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.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 498
   Posted 2/6/2009 4:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Mel you are right. The stress and diet does flare up UC. Please relax a bit through deep breathing exercises and Yoga. It would help. In so far as other things are concerned, I agree with the view of Red. One thing is sure from my own experience, you can control your UC with meditation. Try fresh home grown turmeric. Have it empty stomach the first thing early morning. It helps in curing the inflamed intestinal walls and linings.

New Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 2/6/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I think I should..Just started new job and all. Tumeric??? Thanks alot I know mum makes a certain drink with it so might ask her.. Thanks heaps for your help hun.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Mel Please try turmeric drink. I have been having fresh turmeric during my flare ups and it really used to help in controlling pain, bleeding, mucous and other symptoms of flare ups besides giving a glowing face. Cheers

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 307
   Posted 2/9/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree with unclebella, i started teh seed and spinach diet over a week ago and it honestly seems to be working pretty well...i definitley suggest it, it wouldnt hurt.
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Currently on Asacol 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Daily Green Tea, de-shelled sunflower seeds & spinach and 1 Multi Vitamin a day

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 2/9/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, try to get a doctor, any doctor, to give you a prescription for some prednisone soon, if nothing else is working and you have blood and pain.
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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