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   Posted 2/6/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
How long is your longest flair?? Its been for me about off and on for 8 months

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   Posted 2/6/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine was 18 months back in 1998.

Scarlett, 38 yo., TX
Pancolitis since 3/1997
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   Posted 2/6/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
4 years. never got it under control. it was a nightmare.
I no longer have u/c and I'm happy.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

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   Posted 2/7/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
From the first appearance of UC in June 2001 until my second dose of Remicade in April 2006. So almost 5 years.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/7/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello all,

I'm having trouble trying to figure out what's going on with me, I'm a 27 year old truck driver which makes it difficult to get into a doctors office (I plan on seeing one soon though)

anyways I've had one episode a year for the past 3 years of rectal bleeding (bright red) with no pain after and with my stools varying in the amount of blood that comes out, then there's always this mucus looking thing that comes out by itself or with my stool at the end of the episodes, in a form kinda like a long fat loogie (whiteish/pink in color) I also have had a few narrow stools but that is not very often, I've also had some abdominal cramping this time being so bad I almost went to the hospital after the pain I had diarraha (once) then it subsided and went to a dull sore feeling (left side mainly but also in the genral lower abdominal area)(this is a new sympotom for me) the next day I started to bleed. these episodes only last for a few days but this time it went away then reappered and lasted for another 2 days. I'm feeling a bit scared, I've always over looked it because it always went away but now this being the third time I'm concered. I know it could be anything but UC seems to be more of my symptoms. I feel fine during and after I have these epidsodes (except for the abdominal cramps but even that is manable). but does anyone know if it were cancer would it come and go like that? (I know everyone is different and need to go to the doctor to really know whats wrong with me) I need advice from people that are going through the same thing, or any advice to what might be wrong with me, and who do I go see? and if I go to the ER would they beable to figure anything out for me? (I dont have insurance yet so its kinda hard right now) thank you so much for reading this and any help will be better then no help.

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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
ktsl, sounds like UC to me. When I first started getting symptoms they would come and go and were fairly mild as you describe but with time things got worse and worse till once I ended up in a two year non stop flare, with lots of bleeding, urgency, frequency and mucus, and no medications I tried helped much. This flare ended when I started eating a lot of canned spinach and deshelled sunflower seeds daily. I have been eating them since and have been in remission for three years. There is nutrients in these foods that seems to heal many with UC. Spinach and sunflower seeds have helped many others on this forum as well.

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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
ktsl, it sounds like it might be UC to me as well.  When I first began showing symptoms, it was blood in my stool and gas cramps, but I didn't have diarhea, so I assumed it was hemmies.  This would come and go every few months.  I had no health insurance at the time, so I ignored it as long as possible.  When the amount of blood and the cramping got worse I went to an Urgent Care and they referred me to a specialist...but I still didn't have health insurance, so I never saw the specialist.  This went on for another 4 or 5 years until I got a bacterial infection.  By then I had insurance so I saw a doc, got a scope, and got my official dx.  I'd recommend getting in to see a doc and possibly getting a scope done.  The sooner you find out for sure, the sooner you can start trying to heal it.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06, had symptoms since '99
Meds & supplements: VSL#3, Lialda, Allegra, multi-vitamin, Wellbutrin XL, fluoxetine, and vit B-12.
Spinach/sunflower seed diet for over two months with positive results!

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