terrible pain, scared--need advice

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   Posted 2/13/2009 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
On Wednesday evening, I started to have sharp pains on my left side, below my rib cage which progressed further down to near my left hip bone...they were just on and off pains. They continued through the night which made it nearly impossible to sleep and I woke up Thursday morning feeling pretty bad. I went to the bathroom around 14 times throughout the day and considering all the food that I had consumed were a few saltine crackers with raspberry jam it was mostly just blood. The pain has progressed to cover my entire lower abdomen. It is now 1:30am and for the last 7 hours any movement causes me severe pain. For example, when I move from the position of laying to sitting I feel like my insides are on fire and when I stand it hurts from my hips to my chest. So, I'm pretty much confined to my bed lying on my back. I feel absolutely miserable, but I don't know what to do? Has anyone experienced this? Do you think it's just going to get progressively worse? Is there anything I can do before resorting to calling my GI? He will only urge me to go to the ER and since the last time I saw him we had spoken about surgery being the next step...I'm a little more than frightened. sad

21, female --diagnosed September 2007
Remicade --ruled allergic after 3rd and 4th infusion caused phlebitis
6mp --cause an unsafe drop in WBC

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   Posted 2/13/2009 1:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Please do not worry at all. Calm down. It may be because of wind in your tummy because of that Jam and the blood which you are referring may or may not be blood. Please have some anti acidic pill and some pain killer. Can you feel, if it is wind. Just knock on your tummy with your finger. It may sound like a hollow pipe. I experience it quite often. The pain runs right from the left side rib cage and goes down the abdomin. Kind of cramps or rolling pain. Please have a pain killer, which does not react with your UC. It should be fine by morning. Else it may be just a signal of another flare up of UC. I am quite sure it is just a food allergy. Stay tough - stay well - you will be fine. We are there to help you out. Nothing to worry. Keep us posted

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

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   Posted 2/13/2009 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Please have lots and lots of electrol powder with water to avoid dehydration. Since the stomach and intestines are empty, they may be creating more bile juices which are creating this burning sensation.

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

jone bone
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   Posted 2/13/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I highly recommend acupuncture from a reputable doctor. It won't cure you, but it will curb the pain and buy you some time to think about your next move. Jam is probably not a good idea since it has fructose and sugar, which will only aggravate your colon.

Rice might be better than crackers, although all of our symptoms vary in regards to food. Brown rice? Many seem to recommend this, but I find white rice works better for me. Maybe yogurt or a probiotic once you can settle the pain and gas a little. Hang in there.

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   Posted 2/13/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
If you didn't have the other symptoms such as the bleeding I would agree that it could be from gas buildup. I sometimes have such tremendous pain from gas because I am unable to get rid of it. But since you are bleeding so much and have frequency then you may have no choice but to call the GI. Do NOT just take pain relievers and rely on it to take the pain away. If your GI has recommended surgery in the past, it can mean you are getting worse. Please call him just to be on the safe side.
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
       I agree with Sherry.  I would call the GI doctor too.
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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.

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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
You should definitely call your GI, just to be on the safe side. Do you have a heating pad? I find that it helps a lot with pain.
I hope you feel better soon!
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, heating pad and call GI....I know it's scary to be feeling so poorly, but you need to let your doctor know. Next thing; is there anyone that can take you? Take care, let us know how you are doing this morning.


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   Posted 2/13/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I will bleed and cramp more if I haven't had enough to eat...so can you try eating a little more? But you do need to be sure what's going on. Try to stay away from the emergency room!

AND...I think you'll do better with ICE than heat. Heat promotes healing (and feels good) but ICE will reduce the inflammation that is causing your 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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   Posted 2/13/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I to think you should phone your GI. You are already on pred and asacol and still having problems. Even if only for peace of mind, at least you will know what he thinks is happening, and what to do about it.

Take care,
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