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Beah
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/26/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
Quite a few months back I started to notice blood in my stool. I finally got myself to the doctor and she told me she thought I might have UC, my Mom has it as well. She gave me some suppositories in case it was hemorroids but that didn't help the bleeding. What I'm confused about is that most information I read about UC says that one major symptom is diarrhea, mutiple times throughout the day. I don't have that though. I do have bloating, slight cramping and blood in my stool, pretty much everytime I have a bowel movement. Usually the first time I use the bathroom for the day it's the worse.
I also have the mucus that I've read is a symptom. Sometimes when I go to the bathroom that's all that comes out.
My other question is regarding dairy. I was vegan for 6 years and I recently started eating dairy again, right before the bleeding started. I read somewhere that dairy can cause flare-ups, but can it make UC appear out of nowhere for someone who hasn't had the symptoms before? Eating dairy definitely upsets my stomach and increases the amount of blood in my stool. Is this something other people experience?
I have an appointment with a GI Specialist next week, finally! I'm so anxious and scared, but can't wait to get some answers.

Whatsaflaredown
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   Posted 2/26/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beah,

I was diagnosed with UC in May of 2008 and did not have the symptom of diarrhea until December. The reason I went to the doctor was because I was dealing with mucus and puss for months before it switched to blood and mucus and puss. I have struggled with constipation since I was a kid and am 29 years old now. So the D was very new to me but it is no joke so get in to the doctor asap to see what is wrong and if you do have UC try to get it under control before you experience the D!! I stopped medicating and found myself dealing with a flare-up that put me in the hospital over the holidays. Hope this info helps.

Christine1946
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   Posted 2/26/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
     My story is very similar to Whatsaflare's.  As a kid I was mostly constipated.  Bowel movements were on the average of twice a week.  I didn't develop UC until I was 52.  It started as you are describing...mucus with my bowel movements...then the urgency..finally blood, cramping and diarrhea.  I lost 15 lbs within a month and had to be hospitalized.  That is where a colonoscopy discovered UC.
     Ironically, I was following the Adkins Diet when my symptoms started.  The GI doctor said it was probably just a coincidence, but I often wonder.
     Don't be frightened.  You are taking the right steps.  Dairy does bother me when I am flaring, so I drink soy milk (Silk) in my cereal at those times.  Now I am in remission and drink 1% milk and I also can eat ice cream without any problems.  Good luck and God bless.  Let us know how you make out at the doctor's office.
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 11/01/08...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.


Beah
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   Posted 2/26/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the insight! I really hope my symptoms don't progress and turn into the big D. I found this online book by a lady who claims she cured her UC. I bought it and have been trying her remedies. When I stick to it religously I believe it helps, so let me share.

Right when you wake up in the morning, before you brush your teeth swish 1 tbl. sunflower oil in your mouth for 15 minutes, do not garggle or swallow. When you finally spit it out it should be white and foamy. Drink a full glass of water afterwards. This is supposed to pull toxins from your body or something along those lines.

Next, 3 times a day drink a mixture of 2 tbl. apple cider vinegar, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, fresh lime juice (I squeeze half a lime), and a dash of warm water. This really helps, and it's great for upset stomachs.

My friends Mom just bought me some Omega 3 capsules that I've been taking twice a day, can't really tell if they're helping or not but it's worth a shot.


Post Edited (Beah) : 2/27/2009 9:21:45 AM (GMT-7)


Christine1946
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   Posted 2/26/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
     Not sure about the diet you are following, but if it works, hey, why not.  I take one fish oil capsule daily and two probiotics.  The GI doctor actually suggested my taking probiotics.  They gave me Flora Q in the hospital, but it is too expensive.  Powerdophilus by Country Life was recommended by my nutritionist.
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 11/01/08...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.


bbc
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   Posted 2/26/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Dairy can male D worse or even make C worse, but if you are lactose intolerant then dome dairy will me a problem. You may have some succes with Lactaid and you cam try Swiss and some hard cheeses that are naturally low in lactose. Bryers makes a killer lactose free ice cream. Hope you feel better soon.


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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Post Edited (bbc) : 2/27/2009 10:43:45 AM (GMT-7)


Peety
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   Posted 2/26/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are interested in a vegan diet and want to learn more about the effects of diary, you might want to consult a Naturopathic doctor who is knows about digestive disease. That is where I learned about yeast, loss of good bacteria and such in the colon that causes UC, and other diet issues that the GI never addressed.
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; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. Doing OK, but still have some bad days. 


Sweetie31105
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   Posted 2/27/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I am lactose intolerant, maybe you should try different kind of drinks. I've tried plain Soy milk, and it's disgusting. I drink Lactaid. It's really good, not a real difference from regular milk. There is an Ice cream that is really good too. It's called Soy Dream. I don't know how far Raley's stretches out in the U. S, but I know natural food stores also have soy milk ice cream. Hope this helps.
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Taken off Imuran 1/15/09
Only taking Humira.

Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade


Beah
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/27/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! I'm definitely familiar with the vegan diet, I was a vegan for 7 years. I recently started eating dairy again and it seems that my UC symptoms started right after that. I've re-introduced fish into my diet as well for the Omega and other benefits. A lot of the foods that I used to eat as a vegan now upset my stomach; salads, a lot of veggies unless they're cooked to mush, and meat alternatives. The doctor thinks I may also have Celiac Disease so I can't eat anyting with gluten, which is in all meat alternatives. My options are very limited, it sucks.
I saw some comments on soy milk...if you don't like the taste try Rice Dream, it's so much better and too much soy isn't that good for you.
I think I'll give probiotics a shot, I've been meaning to do that, thanks!
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