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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/17/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, this is my first post and im so glad i found this forum.
Iam turning 40 this year and have had UC since I was 26 years old.  My father and my two sisters also have it.  I have been in remission for almost 4 years, I stupidly stopped taking my one a day asacol stupidly thinking that i was cured??  I have just given up smoking, had a very stressful week at work and guess what??  you guessed, horrific wind, back ache, stomach ache and lots and lots of red blood.
What i am worried about is that iam not disabled to the house, iam (fingers crossed at this point) not running to the loo 30 times a day, however I have had loose bowels, but what iam worried about is that my bowels have not been right for at least six months,  I never thought for a min about colitis, why would i get all the uc symptoms but not the loo bit?
Ive been reading about colon cancers, one of the signs is bright red blood and change in bowel.
I have not seen a consultant for over 4 years, or even a doctor at my practice come to think about it. (i got a prescription for colifoam without the doctor seeing me the other day so currently using this)
Can anyone help please?
many thanks

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 2/17/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Stop reading about cancer! Just get to the doctor and get checked out. Sounds like the stress and other things you've done just caught up with you.
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. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 2/17/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought bright red blood meant that the blood was closer to the rectum and that dark blood meant it was farther away from the rectum. Also, blood that is on the stool is closer to the rectum and blood that is in the stool is farther away from the rectum. And then dark, tarry stools are a sign of colon cancer.

Anyway, it's probably time to get your colon checked out again.
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 2/17/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Quitting the smoking could very well be what threw you into your flare, it's pretty common for that to happen...quitting smoking and quitting your meds all together was likely a definite that a flare would soon follow. See your doc, hopefully getting you back on meds will be enough to curb your flare. Feel better soon.

BTW, dark blood and tarry stools are not always a sign of colon cancer, those symptoms can commonly happen for CDers that bleed from higher up the intestinal tract (typically the TI or higher). But I agree you should see your doc.

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

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   Posted 2/17/2009 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Oddly enough nicotine is known to help against UC. Maybe you could get a patch to feed it back into your system and see if it helps.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/18/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Many thanks for all your replies. Im off to doctors practice (he will be mad at me for not taking tablets (asacol) and not keeping in with the hospital!!)

Im using patches as part of my aid for giving up smoking, have been on them for 7 weeks now, maybe my bodies not used to having such little amount of nicotine. Ironic, i gave up smoking to save my long term health, and now I get colitis back!!
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