UC and diverticular disease

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aned
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   Posted 4/16/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it common to have these conditions together?  They are calling my UC "complicated" because these two conditions co-exist.  From everything I have read I am really not sure what "uncomplicated" UC looks like...lol. 

suebear
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   Posted 4/17/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, with both UC and diverticulitis I think I would skip all treatment and go straight to surgery!! Well, not really. But it is NOT common to have both diseases. I think you are maybe the second person I have heard of this happening too, but that's just based on internet discussion sites. Hopefully you can keep both conditions in remission.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


basa0806
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   Posted 4/17/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh my goodness! I'd head straight for surgery too! I have UC and my mom has diver and we pretty much have the same symptoms. I can't imagine having both! I hope things stay under control for you! :)
Sam(antha)
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aned
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   Posted 4/17/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, gee, that makes me feel better...lol. Actually, I have found some sites that talk about a weird form of colitis that exist with diverticulosis, but no one seems sure what to do about it other than treat the UC. Unfortunately, the best thing to do for diverticulosis is eat more fiber....which makes the UC much worse. I am really not ready to start thinking about surgery.

basa0806
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   Posted 4/17/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't mean to scare you! I was being much more sarcastic than anything.
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006- THREE YEARS!! YAY!!!!
4 400mg Asacol 2x daily, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans"
John Lennon


aned
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   Posted 4/17/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Sam...you didn't scare me. I was being sarcastic as well :-). I am just frustrated from the multiple test, multiple doctors and no real answers yet. Nothing has worked so far and after a while it gets hard to think the next drug will!

basa0806
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   Posted 4/17/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I understand completely how you're feeling! It gets so frustrating sometimes when all you want is to feel good and you have been hit with a double whammy! Things will look up :)
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006- THREE YEARS!! YAY!!!!
4 400mg Asacol 2x daily, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans"
John Lennon

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