Can someone describe a flare-up?

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   Posted 3/25/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitus but I've only ever gotten constipated I've never had diarrhea. I am just wondering if maybe I was miss diagnosed because it doesn't seem that many people get constipation. I also take adderall which can cause stomach distention. During my flare-ups I get hot and feverish sometimes with a bit of a temp, my muscle are achy and sore, and my mouth and tongue get a tingling or numbing sensation and it kinda feels like there is a sort of hotness to my breath. These are my symptoms and what I would call a flare up.

Could you guys post what your flare-ups are like and how often you get them.


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   Posted 3/25/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   


When flared my symptoms fluctuate between diarrhoea and constipation, usually constipation like you. I also have some abdominal pain, pain when passing stool, very tired all the time, and also pass blood and mucous.

22 year old female, from the UK.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08, Proctosigmoiditis Jan '09.
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect!
Hospitalised Feb '09 for a week of IV Hydrocortisone.
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets (tapering)
5mg Prednisolone suppositories x 1
1g Acetarsol suppositories x 1 (soon to change to Acetarsol)
1g Mesalazine granules x 2
Vitamins A,C,D 

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   Posted 3/25/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   

I've read that some people get constipated.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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   Posted 3/25/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I get constipated for a while first, then I get massive diarrhea with blood and mucous, very painful abdominal cramps, urgency, tenesmus (feeling like you have to go, but then not being able to/not having to), and extreme fatigue. I sometimes get joint pain, especially in my knees. I've been in a flare to some degree since diagnosis in March of, can't believe it's been two years already...
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen

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   Posted 3/26/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
blood....lots of it
pain.....lots of it
diarrhea.....lots of it
and urgency.....usually manageable if i am willing to be in pain which does spare me the accidents that others have reported. i never have been constipated during a flare - it sounds like it may be kinda nice but i am sure that is my own ignorance speaking.

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 3/26/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Constipation for a day or so, and then some formed BM's with urgency, slight blood, and mucous before the D strikes in full glory with increased urgency, slight blood and mucous. On the really bad days I've done about 20-30 trips a day to the toilet and have difficulty holding it for more than 20 seconds.
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 3/26/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
all problems start with constipation....then comes mucus...then the blood...then the pain while passing stools, then swollen whole day!! Oh! forgot GAS - it is there right from beginning of constipation. burbs!! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! Constipation becomes o.k...but blood mucus continue along with gas!
Right now -FLARING (after my Rubella vaccination)
Diagnosed in Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly...doubled during flare
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas & No D!
Also gifted with Hypothyroid & have calicum deficiency family history!
Meeting with Doc next month - not yet on oral medication - Doc wants to try just Canasa first!
Also started Probiotic from 23 Mar & fresh Turmeric root from 25 March'09

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   Posted 3/26/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Constipation, mucus, then D with blood. Lots and lots and lots of abdominal pain, joint pain in hands, toes, sternum, light headedness, a lot of fatigue.

Fever is a common symptom, even though I haven't had that.
Female 33 Married
diagnosed January 2009
mild pancolitis
Sulfasalazine 500mg 3X

"The Lord is my Shepherd"

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   Posted 3/27/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Nothing good that's for sure. Basicly I'm unable to do anything I want. Diarrhea, blood, mucous, lots of pain with urgency, fever, headache, dizzy, nausea, etc. The gas comes and when it reaches the colon it distends my stomach and that hurts too.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Canasa 1000mg @night. Started Oct. 23, 2008
- Niferex-150 Forte 1 capsule 2x Daily

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