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jayce
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   Posted 2/12/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
my daughter left for london (monday) just as what seems to be a flare began. she literally started feeling lousy as the flight was boarding.
so she has been to a general dr there already and she took blood -one test marker shows possible flare one does not-white count down
stool won't be ready until monday. she hasn't had a flare in exactly a year it's her first since she began all the meds-does this mean the meds are failing and she'll need something else
or could it pass shortly even if it's a flare?
we are so upset she couldn't wait for this opportunity was supposed to study there until may. also have to decide quickly if she should come home or we will lose the whole semester tuition.
broken hearted! looking for encouragement.

thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
colazal 3 x3 daily
purinethol 6mp=50mg daily
culturelle probiotic 2 daily
chewable vitamin
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day soon to be weaned-done
Yaz birth control pill for cramps started around 2003

Post Edited (rey) : 2/12/2009 8:38:50 AM (GMT-7)


Old Hat
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   Posted 2/12/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
It probably means that she was feeling anxious about this new experience-- that can set the stomach to roiling. If she has her UC meds with her that should set everything right within the week. Encourage her to take her meds & be a bit cautious about daily diet as her body adjusts to different time zone, etc. I remember being in London in my younger days & doing o.k. with food there. They had some (chain bakery) doughnuts with applesauce filling that were absolutely yummy. I missed them when I returned to NY! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

PSA
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   Posted 2/12/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Rey I agree with the view of Oldhat. Generally the flare up may get triggered because of anxiety/stress or too much of strain. Please do not worry. The things would get better within a week. She would not have to miss her semester. Generally the medicines which she is taking would work. Otherwise, the doctor may recommend cortifoam or some other steroid based enema. Even though I am strictly against steroids but when it comes to saving a semester, there may be no harm in controlling the BMs under medical supervision. She should be careful about food. Please tell her not to worry. Keep us all updated about her so that we can monitor her progress. Don't be tense. I used to get such flare ups because of stress, whenever I had to take long flights or hopping flights besides anxiety to handle other issues. Cheer up. It will pass.

45 years Male
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
on Combiflam, Multivitamins and restricted diet.
Tried Sallaki/Turmeric/Homoepathy/Allopathy/Chinese/Unani/Ayuvedic/Yoga before going for surgery


PSA
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   Posted 2/12/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Some good thoughts for you at this time of crisis.
 
Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.
Worrying is like sitting on a rocking chair, you feel
you have a lot to do, but it takes you nowhere.
 
To a brave man, good luck and bad luck are like his right hand and left hand. He uses both.
 
The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
 
The best way to behave when crisis strikes is to be
brave.
Problems in the world will increase, therefore, one
should increase his capacity for dealing with
problems.
Even if you are sick and become a patient, you must
never lose patience.
IF HE HAS PUT ME TO IT, HE WILL PULL ME THROUGH

45 years Male
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
on Combiflam, Multivitamins and restricted diet.
Tried Sallaki/Turmeric/Homoepathy/Allopathy/Chinese/Unani/Ayuvedic/Yoga before going for surgery


jayce
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 390
   Posted 2/12/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you old hat and PSA.DELHI-you words were well spoken and i will try to be patient while we await her outcome.
maybe it is something that will pass.
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
colazal 3 x3 daily
purinethol 6mp=50mg daily
culturelle probiotic 2 daily
chewable vitamin
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day soon to be weaned-done
Yaz birth control pill for cramps started around 2003


princesa
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   Posted 2/12/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
In my experience, a flare doesn't come on suddenly, out of nowhere. Rather, symptoms begin to increase slowly in severity and frequency. I agree with others that this was probably a minor blip brought on by traveling, stress, change of location and lifestyle, fear of the unknown, etc. It's also possible she could have some bug... there's been plenty of it going around.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 2/12/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
     I still get flares even on my meds.  However, I did go off the Colazal and 6MP for a short time last year and wound up in the worse flare ever.  Now, after a long stretch of prednisone, Cort enemas, Canasa, etc, I am in remission.  I cut my 6MP down from 75 mgm to 50 mgm one day and 25 mgm the next.  The 6MP is what is lowering your daughter's white count.  Mine was down to 2.4 last month.  The doctor has me go in monthly for CBC's.  Do you know how low your daughter's white count was?  Does she have monthly CBC's?  Did she take any prednisone with her?
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.


pb4
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   Posted 2/12/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Flares can infact come on quickly as well as go quickly, it may not be common but with IBD anything is possible.

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


Sweetie31105
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   Posted 2/12/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I flared once while on my meds. I didn't need to add any more meds, but to just keep taking what I've been taking and the flare went away on its own.
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Taken off Imuran 1/15/09
Only taking Humira.

Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade

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