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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember about a week before my first flareup, I drank a bottle of water from a spout coming out of the ground in a field by an airport that I later realized was kind of dirty. It had white things floating around in it. I suspect this may have been the trigger that gave me ulcerative colitis.

Does anyone else have any idea what triggered their UC?
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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm guessing for me it was childbirth. My first flare started about four weeks after I had my son.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter had became very sick in August 07. In and out of the ER 4 times before they finally admitted her and found that she had C-diff. They were trying to figure out how she contacted this bacteria infection. She was a lifeguard at the time and was a volunteer in the emergency room. The doctors are leaning towards the public pool. It took them forever to get the c-diff under control and found that she had severe colitis. They said the colitis was triggered by the bacteria infection.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I had h-pylori and was taking antibiotics for it and took them for too long and ended up killing all the good stuff and a few months later...UC
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 2/19/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Accutane. Same for me, killed the good stuff too, and I got UC.
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 2/19/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
For me I cannot think of anything other than stress...there is no one in my family (that I know of) that has any sort of IBD so it can't be genetic. I have had a very stressful life..especially the past 5 years up til this point, and I think it caught up with me eventually.
22 year old female, from the UK
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone steroids - had no effect!
Currently taking daily: 9 x 400mg Asacol tablets, plus Fybogel fibre supplement and vitamin tablet.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Two months after my father died in my arms.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
For all of high school I was stressed, depressed, and anxious. My UC symptoms started a couple weeks before graduation, so I definitely think mine was a psychological trigger.
Female, Age 20 (formerly ComedyDork)
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 2/19/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
i was travelling in Israel when I was 15...must have eaten/drank something abd bc I got very sick...puking and d...doc at hotel and again in Amsterdam...never got better...20 yrs now.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress set it off originally, I got put on a shift at work I didn't like and I think the sudden change in habits and the uncertainty threw off my entire system, it's when it all started. I always ate lots of carbs like bread, cereal, and fruit juice, maybe that was part of it to, who knows.

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   Posted 2/20/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
in 2003 i had bad D for a month straight then it went away. i was taking muscle supplements for working out around that time but didn't think that was why at first because i never had a problem before. in 08 i was taking workout supplements again and started getting bad D "again". this time the D didn't go away and got worse with blood & mucus. i stopped taking all supplements and my condition got worse till i went to the er & that night i had a cat scan done & they told me my large intestine was inflamed wich was most likely UC. i believe the supplements did it for me. i'll never take them again ever.
Diagnosed with UC summer of 08.
Currently taking asacol 1600mg 3 x a day, Prednisone 60mg, 6MP 50mg.
Currently having a flare.

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   Posted 2/20/2009 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
To much work responsibility, to much coffee, to much chocklate - at the same time back in '99.
Living in the office of coffee and chocklate 7 days a week,

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   Posted 2/20/2009 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I think toxins in the environment trigger my UC. For years occasionally at work in an air conditioned office or on long flights between US and Australia I'd get these dreadful stomach pains/bloating, sometimes on an empty stomach or after eating something easily digestible. I went to different doctors over a period of 10 years and even went to the emergency room in Hospital. I was basically blown off as some kind of hypochondriac crack pot or told I 'might' have diverticulitis or Irritable Bowel, but never a mention of Ulcerative Colitis.

Eventually 7 months into my pregnancy with my second child, I had diarrhea and could not control it with Imodium. I had stool samples which ruled out bacterial infections. I had to wait until after my child was born to have a colonoscopy which revealed moderate to severe Ulcerative Colitis. This was in February 2007.

Since that time, I have had several flareups and all of them have coincided with a change of seasons which, in Sydney Australia can produce some crazy toxins. I know people with allergies that struggle at the change of seasons and I struggle with my UC. Recently there was an unseasonable change in the temps and PRESTO! I have a flareup even though I've been taking my medication.

I'm beginning to wonder if my UC is untreatable.

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   Posted 2/20/2009 3:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I had the propensity to get it (mom has it but only flared 2x in 20 years) but stress and fatigue finally brought it out in me. As a software consultant, I have traveled 45+ weeks a year for over 11 years now, 2-4 flights a week, living in hotels, working long stressful hours, eating out a lot, and being an exercise fanatic on top of it. I burned the candle at both ends and it caught up with me. Lesson learned, I'm not invinceable.
34 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)

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   Posted 2/20/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure what triggered mine orginally but I think it was stress - parents were divorcing after 30 years of marriage, and my mother put so much stress on me -- no one else in my family has it.
Male 38, diagnoised in 1998, first major flare in November 2008, have had 2 remicade infusions
decreasing predisone, take folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, HMP powder and a multi vitamin

Serenity Now
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   Posted 2/20/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
For me I believe it was stress and too much alcohol consumption.
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds:  Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), Ferrous Sulfate

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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
It could have been one of the following:

1) My mother and father (genes)
2) Stress: Work, father died suddenly three years ago
3) Bad food poisoning about three years ago that may have killed all the good stuff in my gut.
4) Quite smokeless tobacco a year ago during a trip to Brazil.

Or all of the above could equate to UC.
Ulcerative Pan Colitis since March 2008
Balsalazide 3 750MGROX - 3 x per day
50mg 6MP      
Prednesone 2 occasions (hated it)
VLS#3 1 pack 3 x per day
Acidophalis - 4 tables per day

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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
My trigger was a combination of getting my tonsils removed due to a long nagging infection as well as deciding to quit smoking cold turkey a week prior. Just snow-balled from that point and I've never really been the same since. 6 months ago i began a nicotine patch therapy routine with some positive results.
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