UC/Crohn's Flare?

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Kayspain
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 39
   Posted 3/15/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  Hi all,
 
Have only recently become a member, so am new to all this. Biopsies taken back in October during a colonoscopy showed that I have colitis. Was started on medication in November. I am still waiting to see a GI was supposed to see him in February, but he cancelled till April. Surgeon says I need to have a small bowel follow through, to check for further inflamation to make diagnosis between UC and Crohn's (family history of crohn's).
I am having alot of trouble with my stomach with the last few weeks but has got worse over the last few days. My upper stomach is really swollen and uncomfortable, have alot of pain all down my left side (from under ribs to groin) and out my back at times. I have solid BM but am going up to 9+ times with the last few days with mucous sometimes (varies from samll amouts with force to larger amounts). Pain in side gets worse after BM for about 20 mins. I am feeling really tired. Does anyone know if this is a definate flare, and if it is do I need to see my GP? Also does this sound more like UC or crohn's?
36, Female
Diagnosed in November 08 with colitis (By surgeon)
Awaiting Appointment with GI
Medication
Dipentum Olsaline Sodium (3X500mg daily)
20mg Prednesol (First time)
Nexium 20mg Daily
Iron Supplements
Probiotic -Super8


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30998
   Posted 3/15/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi..it sounds like either....but low in the rectum. If you have inflammation in the rectum (and I'm assuming you do because the doc hasn't given you a definitive diagnosis), you could call and request a rectal retention med, preferably the enemas, but the suppositories could help out a bit until you see the GI.

You could still have CD in the colon (crohn's colitis) and not in the small intestine...so, that in itself will not determine if you have one or the other.

Do call about rectal meds and start them. I use Salofalk (which is the same as Rowasa or Pentasa..depends on what's available where you live).

Food intake adjustments might help with some of the discomfort...as well, an antispasmodic could help with the cramping/spasming.

keep us posted as to how you're doing.
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 !!!
 


Ouchie2
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 330
   Posted 3/16/2009 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
my flares are like yours and i have left sided colitis....
HELLO FROM NEW ZEALAND

38 year old female
UC - Diagnosed 2006
HLA-B27 Gene
Iritis 2008
Asacol
Mercaptopurine


Kayspain
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 39
   Posted 3/16/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you both for your reply,

I keep waiting to feel better but am no better today, stomach is swollen even more and have alot pain. If it doesn't improve in a day or two I will go to see my GP, as my appointment for GI isn't till 1st April.

I find this site a great help.

Thanks again

Kay


36, Female
Diagnosed in November 08 with colitis (By surgeon)
Awaiting Appointment with GI
Medication
Dipentum Olsaline Sodium (3X500mg daily)
20mg Prednesol (First time)
Nexium 20mg Daily
Iron Supplements
Probiotic -Super8


Ouchie2
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 330
   Posted 3/16/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes this site is very helpful I have learnt so much from the people here..Good luck
HELLO FROM NEW ZEALAND

38 year old female
UC - Diagnosed 2006
HLA-B27 Gene
Iritis 2008
Asacol
Mercaptopurine (6MP)
Doxycycline


shortstuff1
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 3/16/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have left sided colitis and have the same symptoms with my flare-up. I wish you the best of a diagonsis,

Keep us posted!
29 yr old recently diagnosed with UC in Nov 08. Taking Asacol 3 times daily and Steriod enemas 2 times daily. no children, very active;

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