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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/20/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
When this flare started I was going over and over and it was mainly blood, flem, or some kind of liquid that went to the bottom of the toilet. Lately its been more formed and the # of times I've been going has gone dramatically.

Yesterday I went once in morning with no blood and somewhat formed, but then in the afternoon and several times at night it was a lot of blood and not much formed.

Today in the morning there was some blood, but then I didn't go again till about 4:30 and I went a lot, perfectly formed, but with blood. I'm taking coumadin so I know I'm going to bleed more than most people, but does it sound like I'm improving?

Also, for breakfast I made buttermilk pancakes with no sugar, no baking powder, and used honey instead of syrup. So its basically eggs, flour, baking soda, buttermilk, butter, and honey. Does that sound ok?

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 4/20/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Your recipe certainly sounds okay especially if it agrees with definitely seem to be improving but keep in mind this stupid disease has a mind of it's own at times so keep paying attention (to what you're eating as well) and hopefully you'll be finding yourself in complete remission soon.

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

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 4/20/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you're better than you were when you were in the worst fo the flare. As to food, I think it's probably hard to determine what bothers you when you're in the midst of one.
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 10mg 10mg of Prednisone every other day, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

Old Hat
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   Posted 4/20/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Some gastros consider pancakes to be fried food & therefore not a good choice to eat when one has GI upset. It sounds like you're making some progress if bms are formed at times. Hang in there! / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Johnny K
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/20/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
you sound like your getting improvement but watch it because it doesn't mean the flare has ended just calmd down a lil you could flare back up and get worse watch what you eat i know in my case when i had a flare i would drink lots of soup to keep hydrated and stick to things like rice chicken ect... as staples seemed to help depends mostly on you and what you can tolerate and yes i loved me some pancakes whenever i felt bad but gotta watch it still...if you want there are also lots of herbal remidies that may or may not help good luck and hope you continue to improve

21 Male in Michigan
Dioganosed with UC: sept 2000
J-pouch Surgery: august 2008
Feeling wonderful and hoping I can help :)

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 4/20/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi....yes, you're improving. Your breakfast isn't going to make you bleed.

What meds are you taking at this time?

Congratulations on your improvement.

*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 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/27/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm taking 6MP and coumadin.  The coumadin is a blood thinner which means I bleed more than most people.
At this point I'm only going twice a day and everything is formed.  I'm getting so tried of the same foods and want this flare to be done with.  The only problem I'm having now is bright red blood on the paper when I go the 2nd time.  For some reason everything is normal in the morning but not the evening. 
I know that bright red blood indicates a problem lower down, but should my diet stay the same?
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