colitis or infectious diarrhea

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Belly Ache
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   Posted 2/27/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to see my GI yesterday because I've been feeling lousy, all the same symptoms i had when HE diagnosed me with colitis in 2007, so I assumed I was having a flare up.  But, he thinks this bout of diarrhea, bloody stools, severe stomach pains, infectious diarrhea.???  Why would he think this is different from colitis?  I'm so irritated!  He is not treating me with any meds now.  He said this should clear up on it's own.  But, I do have to have a colonoscopy in 6 weeks, when this has cleared up.  Or if it doesn't get better he'll see me sooner.  Now I'm really confused... 
30 yr old, married, mother of three
Diagnosed 2/2007 with UC

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   Posted 2/27/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
How long have you been feeling lousy - just a few days - maybe a bug, longer than that - I would guess UC related. Did he order a stool specimen to rule out c.diff or other type stuff?

Another thing, I see you have 3 kiddos (I do too) and if what you have is infectious, there would be a strong chance that others in your household would be having symptoms as well (maybe not the bleeding, but definitely something). Anyone else in your household having issues?

No meds whatsoever? If so, it might be time to find a better doctor. The minute my son starts to flare, his meds get upped, and we add rectal meds.


Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine 6g, Azasan 75mg, Cortafoam (when flaring), folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 10 UC dx 08/07 Colazal 750mg x 3, 6MP 12.5mg, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle

Belly Ache
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   Posted 2/27/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been feeling lousy for about a week now and he did order stool specimens to rule out c.diff. No one else in my household got sick. I am feeling a little better though. So, we'll see. Thanks for your input, I appreciate it.
30 yr old, married, mother of three
Diagnosed 2/2007 with UC

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   Posted 2/27/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   


If it has lasted anything longer than a week I'd have another conversation with your Dr.  The first time I had a flare my doctor wanted to do a stool sample etc and I called and actually talked to him instead of his nurse and told him my feelings, he was okay with just getting me a script for prednisone. 

Diagnosed January 07 - but realize I've been living with minor flare-ups for 10+ years. 
Asacol 3 pills/3 times a day.

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   Posted 2/27/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you have a fever? That's how I can tell the difference.
And the serious D only lasts about 12 hours (although it wipes me out for days and days)
(I lost 8 lbs overnight last year).
Your GI probably is seeing a lot of it right now, and thinks a few days more to see what happens won't matter. Easy for him to say!
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. 
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, trying 15/20 mg. Appt 3/6 to discuss Humira, etc.   

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   Posted 2/27/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Regardless of whether you're improving or not, you should be on at least 5ASA meds..oral and rectal to make sure your colon isn't going to react for a UC flare.

Just would have "colitis"....inflammation in the colon...but are you sure you've been diagnosed with UC? or has that been clarified.

You could add a probiotic and a fibre supplement to help your colon get back to its normal rhythm and flora from whatever it is that made you sick.

Seems weird that he's assuming it'll clear up on its own....if you indeed to have UC, not all flares have the classic blooe, etc. Mild inflammation can cause increased bms and diarrhea, depending on how high it's gone.

He should take it more seriously....but it's good he's done stool samples for you.

Hope he doesn't leave you hanging if the samples are neg/

*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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