Question about "kind of uc"

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   Posted 3/8/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've seen a few time that people say the D kind of UC or constipation. My GI said UC is only D and blood. Does anyone care to shed light? I often have constipation and I'm wondering if that is part of UC?
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   Posted 3/8/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   

I sometimes have constipation with my uc as well.  It is not often and the only thing I can suggest is keeping a diary of what you are eating and what is going on.  I notice that I get constipated around "that time" and think that it gets worse due to my uc but can't say it is because of my uc.

Not sure if that made sense or not!

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   Posted 3/8/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
One of my first symptoms of a flare is constipation.  I asked the doctor about this and he said it was because of inflamation in the rectum.  Now as soon as I feel constipated I start on my suppositories and within a few days I am back to normal. 

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   Posted 3/9/2009 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I never get constipated. For me, UC is blood, diarrhea, and urgency. Don't forget the urgency. Constipation is much less common than diarrhea, but yes it is also a symptom of Colitis.
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   Posted 3/9/2009 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't start getting constipation until a few years ago. Now I have periods of D and sometimes C but the is far and few in between. My doc told me the same thing that C is a sign of inflammation.
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   Posted 3/9/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
In a random survey at we queried those who had lost their colons to see if we were at all similar with UC symptoms. Our small sampling of participants had interesting results. There were ZERO men in the group that had constipation as a symptom of UC! Only women had constipation. We all found that to be very interesting?

But as to your question, UC can range from constipation to diarrhea or one can have only one of those symptoms or both. My UC was constipation based for 10 years. The last two years it switched to diarrhea. I didn't even know that diarrhea was a symptom of UC at that point and thought I had giardia. When it comes to UC nothing is predictable.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 3/9/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
While constipation is my first symptom - if I let it go and don't start treating - it will quickly progress to mucus, blood, urgency, and diarhea.  That's why now I start treating at the first sign of constipation!

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   Posted 3/9/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I get some constipation, and I could assume firstly it's IBS, But if it persists, soon enough a clincher will arrive..urgency... and I'll pretty much have rectal pain and throbbing soon afterward if it's a flare.

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   Posted 3/9/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
During my first flare, I alternated b/w diarrhea and constipation. But the rest of my flares have been D.
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