bloating & joint pain

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Date Joined May 2004
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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear All,
I've been bloated for a a couple of months now - my stomach looks like I've swallowed a football. I'm trying to be careful with what I eat. Also, my joints hurt, especially my knees. I feel like I've aged 40 years! My stools are ok-ish - 1 to 2x/day, but a little hard. I'm no longer on Rowasa. But I do feel exhausted, partly because I don't get much sleep in the nights. Would you have any suggestions?
Best wishes to you all!
3x400mg Asacol, 3x daily
Rowasa enemas
Bee propolis
Flora-Q (probiotic)
Tylenol, 1000mg/headaches

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/21/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you have some specific food sensitivities that you are not aware of.
I know now that I'm sensitive to wheat, and if I "cheat" I get tremendous bloat!

Also, when I'm bloated, I stop taking the probiotic for a couple days, and that helps.

I take Trazadone for sleep, it is mild and not addictive and it helps me stay asleep (as long as nothing else wakes me, like a hungry cat).
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 wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Bad flare in March, seasonal? Back on prednisone 40mg, down to 10mg so far so good... Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ 

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   Posted 4/22/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Bloating is usually a sign of gut dysbiosis... a candida overgrowth and/or bacterial/viral infection. You might look into antifungal meds or herbal supplements and an anti-candida diet that's low in sugars and starches that can feed bad gut bugs.

Joint pain could be a sign you've developed leaky gut. Here's a good article to learn more:

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.

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