What causes the pain?!

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qwerty1
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   Posted 4/3/2009 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
My consultant told me that there are no nerves on the inside of the intestinal wall so what causes the pain we get pain during bowel movements or otherwise?!
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 
                             
                             


Red_34
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   Posted 4/3/2009 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
That's a good question! I don't really know the answer to that but I think that it has to do with the contractions that the intestine goes thru to get rid of waste. With a sore and ulcerated colon how can that possibly NOT hurt??? I know some on here don't have any pain - just wish I was as lucky!
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princesa
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   Posted 4/3/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Digested foods passing through an ulcerated and/or inflamed colon are going to cause pain. Think about if you had a bad scrape on your hand and the injured area was sore, swollen and inflamed. Any time you touched it or banged it up against something it would hurt, right?

In addition, gut pain can also be caused by gas and spasming of the colon.
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.
 
 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 4/3/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm one of the lucky ones w/o pain. I have no idea why I don't when so many people have such severe pain. It just doesn't make sense.
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, 40mg 30mg 20mg 15mg of Prednisone (quick taper), Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Peety
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   Posted 4/3/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Ugh, it's a blinding pain, sometimes I think I'll black out. Whatever it is, something very bad must be happening in there! Then it's gone but it wipes me out. I'll see what my doc says it is.
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, tried to taper but now back up to 20-30 after several really bad days. Waiting for insurance decison on Humira...soon... 


Red_34
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   Posted 4/3/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
If I can remember, I will ask my GI too on Tuesday. I am going in for a c-scope (agh!) and if I am in the right frame of mind, maybe I will remember to ask him.
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pb4
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   Posted 4/3/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
The only pain I've ever really had with my crohn's colitis is lower back pain, it got bad enough a times that with each bowel movement I'd be sitting on the pot balling my head off cuz it hurt so bad, I do have pain with my perianal crohn's skin tags (luckily you won't know what that's like).

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


qwerty1
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   Posted 4/3/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Makes sense that its like having a scrape and then knocking it or scraping it again! And it is weird that some of us get pain and others don't....I wonder why that is. What a strange disease!!

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 
                             
                             


robray
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   Posted 4/3/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I had no idea some people didn't feel the pain. I always assumed it was the inflamation and ulcers causing the pain. For me the pain is so bad it makes me nauseous. It is crazy cause when the nausea gets bad enough that I am going to vomit I don't know which end to stick on the toilet. PANIC! shocked smhair
UC (Pancolitis) diagnosed in 1992.
   Medications: Dipentum, Salofalk Enemas, prednisone (Stopped 2008), entocort enemas (Stopped 2008), Cortenema (Stopped), Asacol (Stopped 2003)
   Other therapies: Spinach & Sunflower Seeds, gluten free, dairy free (except for aged cheese and SCD yogurt), rice free, HPI (2008), SCD (Stopped, but still make yogurt), Vitamine E enema
Osteoporosis diagnosed in 2008.
   Medications: None yet, but they want me to take fosamax
GERD diagnosed 2008, but had it forever.
   Medicaitons: Parriet (Stopped)


Malkavian
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   Posted 4/3/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
It's because the colon is distended. The colon wall doesn't sense actual pain, the general area has pressure receptors, which your brain processes similarly to pain.

It's why, if you've ever had a flex sig done without anethesia, them pumping you full of air produces discomfort. Same with gas.
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently in remission
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements

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