UC worse in the springtime?

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UC Sucks
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   Posted 4/10/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
So I first started having UC symptoms in March 2005, diagnosed the following month. Since then, I have ALWAYS started a severe flare in the springtime, for 5 years running. I only realized this when my Remicade nurse was reviewing my chart today and mentioned it.

Anyone else have bad flares in the spring? I would love to know if this is just a coincidence for me or what, I mean people get seasonal allergies right?
29 year old female
Diagnosed with UC 2005
Full Time RN

Current regimen: Mid flare... :-(

Lialda 2 pills/day -Remicade 10mg/kg every 6 weeks, Canasa at bedtime, Prednisone 40 mg, and Prilosec 20 mg only during Prednisone tapers.

Used in past: Sulfasalazine, 6MP, Asacol and of course Prednisone for severe flares


Red_34
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   Posted 4/11/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, many people tend to flare mainly in the spring and fall. It's sort of a trend with Uc'ers. I got lucky *knock on wood* this year and didn't flare this spring. But I always flare either in spring or the fall.
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Sara14
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   Posted 4/11/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I always seem to get worse in the winter. I'm better in the spring and summer.
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistant rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


PSA
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   Posted 4/11/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes. All of us (four siblings) suffer the worst flare ups in spring. It has been long 20 years and by now we know that the flare ups are coming. When the flowers are blooming, we are doing sit ups.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
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quincy
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   Posted 4/11/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I tend to get incredibly stressed before Christmas....and depending on how many times I've been sick (colds, etc) and on maintenance meds...I pretty much end up with a flare by Christmas.

I'm stressed during Spring and have more body issues, allergies, but UC-wise seems better...but I'm usually tapering and on a heavier maintenance dosage.

UC can be a conundrum.

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*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
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Christine1946
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   Posted 4/11/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
     First diagnosed in Oct of 98.  I suffer flares every one to two years and ALWAYS ALWAYS either in spring or fall.  This is why I cannot ignore the fact it must be somehow allergy related.
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.


PSA
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   Posted 4/11/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Same used to be with me while I had my colon.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
"Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark."
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracl: Albert Einstein
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


mudua
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   Posted 4/11/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I  find spring to be the worst time for my UC. Winter is the best time for me

Post Edited (mudua) : 4/11/2009 12:23:39 PM (GMT-6)


Supa
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   Posted 4/11/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
My first spring after diagnosis wasn't bad, but the past two, I have flared in the early spring-even my friends and family members commented on the fact that I was flaring again this year at the same time I was hospitalized last year.

I have never been tested for seasonal allergies, but I can't help but think it is all related.
Laura
 
33 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages 3.5 and 2.5
 
Diagnosed in 2007
Currently on:
Asacol 6pills/day
Biweekly injections for Humira clinical trial-going well so far!!
Canasa suppositories-1000mg nightly for recent flare


princesa
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   Posted 4/11/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I was originally diagnosed in late Feb./early March, spent a week in the hospital and a month off work at home. A year later (to the day) I was back in the ER. I credit starting a high quality probiotic with breaking the cycle and I haven't had a major flare since.

Many docs to believe there's an allergic or possibly a seasonal affective disorder link.
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.
 
 


Kayspain
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   Posted 4/11/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi,

With the last few years I have been having bowel problems in the Spring. Have even been hospitalised on various occasions. Was diagnosed with colitis the end of 2008. This spring has been no different and I am in a flare since February. Some good days, but alot of bad days. Hope it ends soon.

 


Sweetie31105
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   Posted 4/11/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I somewhat flared in the spring of last year, but that was the first year of remission for me, so let's see what happens this year. Last year I flared in May.
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Taken off Imuran 1/15/09
Only taking Humira.

Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade


dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/11/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
March is my worst time.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  yo-yoing between remission and a mild flare
Lialda 4 per day,  Azathioprine 50mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia, Fibercon, and Culturelle
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: April 1 after the tooth infection is gone :(
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
 
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