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Dynamo1
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   Posted 3/13/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Have to say whenever I have a heavy night out on the beer I always suffer for the next few days.  I got away with it for the first year or so but not now.
 
But another quite interesting piece of information, my wife recently undertook a series of colonic irrigation visits.  The Doctor there advised that in most cases of ulcerative colitis flare ups that she knew about were where the person was suffering extreme stress and many of these were having affairs. 
UC first diagnosed 2007.
Asacol 3 tabs twice a day / Predisolone 20mg, 15mg, 10mg 5 mg
 
Flare-up Jan 2009 used Prednisolone came off it then had major flare up and developed gout.
 
Colonoscopy March 2009 reveals Severe Pancolitis.
Asacol 4 tabs twice a day / Prednisolone 40mg 2 weeks, 35mg 2 weeks
then start Azathioprine.
 
 
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 3/13/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Regardless of having affairs, any kind of emotional or physical stress can exacerbate symptoms/flares...for the record, alcohol is hard on the colon and would likely be considered physical stress on the GI tract which can easily (for many) induce flares.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


madabs
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   Posted 3/13/2009 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Dynamo1 said...
  The Doctor there advised that in most cases of ulcerative colitis flare ups that she knew about were where the person was suffering extreme stress and many of these were having affairs. 

Oh My!  If the part about "affairs" were true, there would be a much higher rate of UC in the world! 
UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
Starting remicade 3/24/09
* asacol 12/daily * rowasa pm * cortifoam  
 Culturelle Probiotic - prilosec - metamucil capsules
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa, 6mp
i can't complain, but sometimes i still do.  lifes been good to me so far.  -joe walsh


subdued
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   Posted 3/13/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Dynamo1 said...
Have to say whenever I have a heavy night out on the beer I always suffer for the next few days. I got away with it for the first year or so but not now.


But another quite interesting piece of information, my wife recently undertook a series of colonic irrigation visits. The Doctor there advised that in most cases of ulcerative colitis flare ups that she knew about were where the person was suffering extreme stress and many of these were having affairs.


I guess the doctor just happens to know many people who have Ulcerative Colitis and are having affairs.
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: pro-inflammatory foods, HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


fruitgirl
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   Posted 3/13/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I've gotta say that having UC would make me LESS likely to ever have an affair...

Is anyone else not a little bit offended by what this doctor said??
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


AMK77
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   Posted 3/13/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress is definitely a major cause of a flare. This one for me was anti-biotic use.
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding
Diagnosed 2/29/08 with Mild Universal UC
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Lialda Colazal & Asacol made symptoms worse, MUCH worse
Not taking any meds for now. May be on 6mp soon?


Howright
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   Posted 3/13/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
 
No affairs here but I'll agree that most of my flares are caused by a combination of stress and diet, bad diet being the first ingrediant/irritant with the stress being the actual trigger. 
 
And yes, I find that odd that a doctor would lump all stress with affairs.  There are lots of things in life that cause stress and not many of them involve affairs. 
 
Diagnosed January 07 - but realize I've been living with minor flare-ups for 10+ years. 
 
Asacol 3 pills/3 times a day.
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 3/13/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
     Well...I never had an affair but my ex  son in law cheated on my daughter and I got a flare!  The SOB should suffer like we do...but apparently he is healthy as a horse.  He eventually married the bimbo he cheated with, however, the honeymoon has been over for a long time (this happened over six years ago) .  They had a kid a few years ago and he is up to his old antics...going out with the "guys".  Guess a leopard never changes his spots.  By the way, my daughter is doing very well without the loser. 
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.


Mamas Boys
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   Posted 3/13/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress definitely contributes to my flares.  Affairs - couldn't tell ya - happily married over here! :)  And yes - fruitgirl - I am kinda offended that the doctor said that.

Mamas Boys
Colazal, Azathioprine, Remicade
Culturelle, MultiVitamin, Folic Acid, Viactiv
Status: Remission!!


Dynamo1
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   Posted 3/13/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the replies, apologies if the "affair" part offended anyone, just mentioned it as she was dead right as far as I was concerned. A silly mistake, my wife found out and the guilt and stress was incredible and what a flare-up. Only got myself to blame, i am sure that the Doctors assumption is not entirely correct, but stress certainly is a cause. Best regards.
UC first diagnosed 2007.
Asacol 3 tabs twice a day / Predisolone 20mg, 15mg, 10mg 5 mg
 
Flare-up Jan 2009 used Prednisolone came off it then had major flare up and developed gout.
 
Colonoscopy March 2009 reveals Severe Pancolitis.
Asacol 4 tabs twice a day / Prednisolone 40mg 2 weeks, 35mg 2 weeks
then start Azathioprine.
 
 
 
 


Fremen
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   Posted 3/13/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
We can have a special name for it. An 'afflaire'.

Anyone else like the sound of that?

elt27
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   Posted 3/13/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Heh thats awesome
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis December 2008
Treating with:
-Prednisone (11mg - tapering (slowly...) from 40mg)
-Pentasa x8 a day
-Pentasa enema once daily
Also taking Iron supplements and Multi-vitamins


pb4
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   Posted 3/13/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Ha ha Fremen, good one!!!

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Lisa E.
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   Posted 3/13/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Affair??? Oh yeah, just want I want to do while I'm flaring!!! LOL Nevermind the stress of the affair, I would be more worried about the stress of an accident!!! LOL It's very hard to feel "sexy" while you're running to the bathroom 20 times a day, sometimes without making it to the bathroom!! LOL Last I checked, Victoria's Secret and Fredericks of Hollywood didn't sell sexy Depends!! Am I missing something here? For some reason, I find this absolutely hysterical!!! LOL My mind is going in a million different directions or "positions"!! LOL NOT POSSIBLE!!! NO WAY!!! I have to stop thinking!!!!! ROF****!!! Maybe the stress is from people wanting to have an affair but can't! Alright, I MUST STOP NOW!!!! LOL
41 - Female/Long Island, NY
Dx - 6/23/08 - Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 pills/3X per day
Asadopholous pearls - 1X per day
Culturelle - 1X per day
Fish Oils
Prednisone - 40mg/decreasing 5mg every 4 days.  Haven't started taking because of surgery concerns.
 
Added Bonus - found a mass on my left kidney during an abdominal CT.  Waiting on surgery to remove my kidney.


subdued
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   Posted 3/13/2009 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Fremen said...
We can have a special name for it. An 'afflaire'.

Anyone else like the sound of that?


Ha! Ha! That's so funny.
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: pro-inflammatory foods, HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


Dynamo1
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   Posted 3/14/2009 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Fremen "Afflaire" sounds good - lol. Of course when you do have a major flare - you don't really want to be in anyone's company, just the loo with a plentiful supply of bog-rolls. I have gone back onto Prednisolone 40mg and the results are almost instantanious, bleeding stops, stomach is easier, also my skin appears much clearer, no spots, rashes. However, the Docs don't like to keep you on pred for too long because of the long-term side effects, so it's a case of grin (or grimmace) and bear it.


UC first diagnosed 2007.
Asacol 3 tabs twice a day / Predisolone 20mg, 15mg, 10mg 5 mg
 
Flare-up Jan 2009 used Prednisolone came off it then had major flare up and developed gout.
 
Colonoscopy March 2009 reveals Severe Pancolitis.
Asacol 4 tabs twice a day / Prednisolone 40mg 2 weeks, 35mg 2 weeks
then start Azathioprine.
 
 
 
 

Post Edited (Dynamo1) : 3/14/2009 12:07:09 PM (GMT-6)


Peety
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   Posted 3/14/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think I would put any faith in what is said by a doctor who puts her education to use operating a colonic irrigation business.


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.   

Post Edited (Peety) : 3/14/2009 6:29:27 PM (GMT-6)


quincy
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   Posted 3/14/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Punishment for an affair....a flare couldn't be agonising enough! And your wife is still with you..congratulations.

Maybe your wife mentioned it and the doc was just making her feel better...

I guess it wasn't mentioned if it was more men regarding the affairs or women...

The whole statement seems weird....

Yes stress (generic word isn't it? but definitely subjective) is a factor in my flares...sans affair.

quincy
*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 !!!
 


Dynamo1
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   Posted 3/15/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Quincy, I am lucky my wife is still with me, no-one would care for me as much as she does. She didn't mention it to the Doc. she hasn't mentioned it to anyone. So the Doctors comment stunned me as is was so true (in my case). Best regards D1
UC first diagnosed 2007.
Asacol 3 tabs twice a day / Predisolone 20mg, 15mg, 10mg 5 mg
 
Flare-up Jan 2009 used Prednisolone came off it then had major flare up and developed gout.
 
Colonoscopy March 2009 reveals Severe Pancolitis.
Asacol 4 tabs twice a day / Prednisolone 40mg 2 weeks, 35mg 2 weeks
then start Azathioprine.
 
 
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 3/15/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
eventually, we learn to accept and value the things we have....even if it's from the other side of the fence (unfortunately)...and this is meant in a generic sense.

Regarding affairs, my first husband thought it was OK...the resulting feelings never leave...yes I forgave the first time..should have left, even though I was only 19 and very stupid. The others made the divorce nice and simple. You know what? The second wife had the need to write me after 15 years of marriage and say I was right that he didn't change and had left her and their 4 kids for a younger woman. Equally naive. Eventually the Catholic church requested an annulment from me so that she could marry him without guilt I guess....I laughed. Some men never change, and if you have, I hope your wife realises you are truly sorry for what you did. That will go far in the trust issues.

Best to you...truly.
quincy
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares, tapered to maintenance  mild flare nightly enemas
~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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