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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
having only just go out of remission, i forget lots about my uc. 
Do you find hot baths a help or do they make you worse?
(thinking about inflamation)

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe ice is better than heat.
Ice reduces inflamation, heat promotes healing and feels good but I don't believe it reduces inflamation.
But lots of folks say heat makes them feel better...

Enjoy a hot bath, I know I certainly do! but I don't expect it to help or hurt.
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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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
oh thanks thats good to hear, bath tonight!

Mamas Boys
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   Posted 2/20/2009 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I found a hot bath very relaxing. Alleviating stress is a good way of alleviating symptoms - so go for the bath!
Mamas Boys
Colazal, Azathioprine, Remicade
Culturelle, MultiVitamin, Folic Acid, Viactiv
Status: Remission!!

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   Posted 2/20/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
     I've been taking showers ever since developing a whopper of a flare last year following a bath with cheapo bubble bath.  I suppose baths are fine, but stay away from those bubbles.
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/ 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 2/21/2009 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
RICE is the usually treatment for inflammation--rest, ice, compression, elevation.

All of my flares happened after the weather turned cold. I have a hard time keeping warm; so I really don't have much choice but to take a hot bath to warm up my bones.

I do put ice on my abdomen when I'm flaring badly. It doesn't really help much though.
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 2/21/2009 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Intestinal discomfort, use heat because it will help loosen the muscles (and intestinal spasms) which can cause cramping and pain. Joint pain - first use ice to reduce inflammation then heat to help heal. Ice on the abdomen won't do much of anything because the inflammation we have is different then what you would find in a joint. And also too, if you were to use ice, I doubt it would reach the area of inflammation anyway due to our core temps. Definately stick with heat for the gut. :)
Edited to add: Never apologize for asking questions!  You can't learn if you don't ask righ???  smilewinkgrin
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Post Edited (Red_34) : 2/21/2009 7:03:15 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/21/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
^what she said^ : )
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4/2)
Corti Foam p.m. 3X per week and canasa every other day
Natural anti fungal, anti inflammation supplements and Probiotics.
Bowel Soother and IntestiNew, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Eliminated Fructose and Corn Syrup
Reduced sugar in my diet by at least 70%
Reduced wheat products by 70% 
Could never tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily (unless like now : (  I've lost too much weight)
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
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