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   Posted 3/22/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyboady using meditation to reduce anxiety and/or stress related to this UC condition?
If stress is a trigger I wonder if meditation can help?
Also: Isn't anxiety and stress the same physical reaction in the body. If, so then anxiety of getting a flare could in itself trigger a flare?

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   Posted 3/22/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I think anything that reduces stress would help UC and help your body overall. Too me anxiety and stress are one in the same. That's the one thing I notice with this is you can never seem to escape from the worry of a flare up or unexpected bathroom trip. It becomes almost as much mental as it is physical.

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   Posted 3/22/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Many forms of stress, some good some bad.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
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   Posted 3/22/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I meditate daily, and find it to be an excellent way to get my mind off day to day concerns. I would definitely recommend others give it a try. It just gives you a method of getting some peace of mind, even when you might be having an otherwise crazy day with UC.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet

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   Posted 3/22/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, see my response in your other post. Mindfulness meditation is especially appropriate. And alot of counselors or life coaches can help you learn how to control anxiety and negative thinking.
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 3/22/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I use a guided meditation cd to help me meditate. Its very relaxing and I know it has helped keep my stress level down. I'm still fighting a flare, but any extra stress/anxiety that I might face in the day doesn't make things worse. Meditation is a great way to manage stress/anxiety.
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/22/09)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 

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