any suggestions for cramping and gas

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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
i'm currently in the middle of a flare. it started about a month ago, was getting better, but once i got under 20 mg of pred, it came back with a vengeance. i'm currently back on 40 mg of pred which i started again this past sunday, along with the my maintenance dose of asacol and azathioprine. i've had UC for 16 years (i'm now 32) and it's been relatively under control (maybe 5 or 6 flares), but in dec of 2007 i was hospitalized for a flare, and this time, i'm not responding as quickly to the steroids either. also, the cramping and gas has been much worse the last 2 flares. in fact, even when i was flaring in the past, i never had abdominal pain. my question is, is there anything anyone can suggest for the abdominal cramping and gas?? i just started taking vsl#3 yesterday in hopes that it will help, but other than probiotics, i'd love it if anyone had any advice. thanks so much!!!

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   Posted 3/5/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
For the gas, you can use an OTC gas reliever such as Gas-X or Phazyme. For the cramping, ask your doctor for a prescription anti-spasmodic. This can help tremendously. Also a heating pad works really well to.
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   Posted 3/5/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
The probiotics are an excellent idea, although they can increase gas initially until your body adapts.

I'd suggest avoiding simple carbs and sugars, carbonated drinks, gum chewing... as well as foods that are known to cause gas like legumes and cruciferous veggies.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 3/6/2009 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks!! i see my doc tomorrow and i'll ask about the anti spasmodic.
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