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   Posted 2/12/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
do you guys feel at your worst right before your period or in the first few days of your period?? i had such a bad day yesturday. my stomach was hurting, had a few bowel movements with a bit of urgency but no direah, blood or mucus. this morning i felt alot better. a few hours later my period started then i was like no wonder i was feeling crappy yesturday!! does this happen to any of you?
- 23 year old female, Gatineau, Quebec
 -diagnosed with UC june 2007 panacolitis
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   Posted 2/12/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
This has been discussed many many times here on HW and the answer is always a resounding yes! :) Many women, even healthy women, have issues with their bowels before their periods. So it's not surprising that it can make things more difficult for Uc women. I would always have mini flares before my periods and then as I got older, my mini flares turned into real flares that wouldn't go away.
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   Posted 2/12/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any issues with my bowels before my period.

The only issue with me about periods and UC is that I have a hard time telling the difference between blood from the period and blood from UC. When I'm coming out of a flare, I have a hard time being able to tell that the bleeding hasn't from UC come back. I have to wait until I don't have my period anymore to know that yes, the bleeding from UC hasn't come back. It was just my period.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and 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
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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   Posted 2/12/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have issues with pain and my bowels right before and during my period. I also have a hard time with ovulation due to 3 fibroids.

Dee-38yrs old wife and mom of 3 boys
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1,000mg canasa/Fioricet/Prilosec OTC-2x daily 
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   Posted 2/12/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
A couple of days before I start and like the first day of my period I cant tell if im cramping or if it is from my UC. Im running to the bathroom who knows how many times a day and night and then I start and im like oh thats why. Its just no fun.

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   Posted 2/12/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes yes yes! Apparently its due to our hormones being all over the place or something! Its not nice though...the first day of my period is always the worst, reaaaaally bad cramping from period and UC, and also definitely extra blood loss through the back passage..not nice! (I have been flared up since I have been diagnosed a year ago, so not sure if it would be the same for me if I weren't flared up)

22 year old female, from the UK
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone steroids - had no effect!
Waiting for Colonoscopy as no medication has worked effectively as of yet
Currently taking daily: 9 x 400mg Asacol tablets, plus Fybogel fibre supplement and vitamin tablet.

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   Posted 2/12/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely yes. In fact this past month was the very worst it's been for me, despite the fact that I'm on the Pill, which makes my periods quite light anyway, and also on pred, which means they're non-existent. I guess just because I'm not menstruating normally doesn't mean my hormones aren't crazy!

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   Posted 2/12/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
The first two days are the worst for me. I have always had problems with cramping and looser stools, but since UC I now sometimes have severe nausea and vomiting. It's horrible; Zofran doesn't work, I have to be on a liquid diet, and I have to skip classes.
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (6 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, Forvia, 6 Colazal, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement, 20 mg Prozac, VSL #3

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   Posted 2/12/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
YES! I can always tell what day I'll get my period (besides the fact that I'm on BC) because a day before I get super acidic d and huge gas bubbles in my intestines. I can't ever tell what is a colon cramp or a cramp cramp either so half the time I'm runnin' to the toilet thinking 'she's gonna blow!' when its just menstrual cramps tongue
Men have no idea how easy they have it...
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't get any cramping but I have more frequent BM's a few days before. I also get super tired a few days before. It always freaks me out because I think that I'm getting really sick, then my period comes and I'm like "that's why I've been feeling like crap". lol.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano

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