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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/27/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a 19 year old female and I was just diagnosed last week with UC. I have been taking liadal since thursday for the inflammation and was told it takes about 3 weeks to kick in. So what can I do now for my pain??? Everyone tells me to watch what I eat but I feel like no matter what my stomach is in knots and I have to constantly scope out the restroom. The only thing I was told to stay away from was dairy. So any advice on how to calm my stomach down till the meds kick in? It doesn't help that I have finals the next two weeks!!! =O

Liza D
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/27/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same problem when I was diagnosed at 19 years old. My flares always came around finals...

Welcome to the world of IBDs. The bathrooms will be your best friend. To calm my stomach I munched on some saltines. Some GIs suggest Imodium- the pink stuff won't work on your colon. During flares I usually try to stay away from caffeine (but coffee used to help), things with a lot of sugar, and I cut way back on fiber. I don't really eat raw veggies unless it is a really good day, and nuts and seeds can do a number on me too.

Good luck! It may take some time but you know your body best.
UC (Pancolitis... 90%!) December 2001
Arthritis (2003)
Upper GI Ulcer (2006)
Osteopenia (2008)
Depression/Anxiety (2002)

Meds:Bump up every couple years... You name it, I've used it! Sulfasalizine, Asacol, Rowasas, Pentasa,
Remicade, 6mps... And now it looks like the once daily Lialda taken twice a day isn't enough...
Here comes Humera.

Soon to be mom- hopefully! As long as this flare dosen't take me out...

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7150
   Posted 4/27/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
If your pain is really bad, then you should call your GI and see if they can prescribe something to help with that. I don't have pain, so I don't have any advice on what works, but I'm sure others on here do.
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).

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 650
   Posted 4/27/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Usually for the pain i just have to wait it out.... take tylenol and just wait it out...go potty

I also have hydrocodone leftover from my last ER visit... i'll take half of one if i reaaaaaaaalllly need it.
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Finally tapering off prednisone 5mg every week.. Staying on Lialda 2 twice a day. Currently colonoscopy shows remission. Apparently my symptoms are from my IBS side of my issues.
Medications:Prednisone 35mg, Lialda 2 twice a day, Align probiotic, Anti-spasmodic as needed.
I am so sick of this disease!

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 153
   Posted 4/27/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm currently battling a flare right now, and my suggestion is to eat as bland as possible. Everyone is different, so unfortunately its trial and error. I also have IBS, so that complicates things for me a bit. This particular flare-up I have found that I can tolerate turkey deli sandwiches on white bread with a touch of mayo and mustard. I can eat egg whites, baked lays chips, toast, avocados (my boyfriend made a very mild guacamole and my gut seemed to tolerate it just fine), saltines, applesauce, bananas, etc.

If the pain gets really bad, call your dr. Mine gave me tylenol 3 when I was really in pain.

Best of luck to you. UC sux, I know. :(
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg (Aug 2008), increased to 7.5mg/kg (March 2009), increased to 10mg/kg and increased to every 6 weeks (April 2009) - 7 infusions so far, next infusion on 5/28 continuing every 6 weeks; Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (two daily), Acidopholis, Probiotic Align
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/21/09) (will try again once I can eat normally again)
Current Status: April, 2009 - suffering another flare-up :(

New Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 4/27/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
hey, this is crazy to me. im 19, was diagnosed with UC last week, and started my medication on thursday too! along with prednisone and apriso for inflammation, they gave me tramadol to take for the pain, but luckily i havent needed any at home so far *knock on wood*... eating soft stuff has really helped me (mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, bananas and such). they said to eat things low in fiber (stay away from whole grains), no raw fruits or vegetables, and drinking gatorade has really increased my energy. stress is a huge trigger for me, so i talked to my professors and they all agreed to work with me. im not sure that is an option for you, but taking incompletes gives me all summer to get into remission and make up the exams. i miss everyone at school so much, but i have no idea how i would make it through exams this week. major props. hope everything goes well!!

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/29/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   


I was just diagnosed too about a month ago.  I don't have any pain but when I took Lialda and Asacol within a week my stomach hurt so bad.  I was ready to go to the ER I couldn't stand it.  I stopped taking the medicine and within two days my stomach was better.  Also,  when I was taking the Lialda and Asacol I was going to the bathroom about 20 times and day.  I would usually only go 8-10 times a day(not like that's any better).  So, just make sure your stomach pain doesn't get worse.  Good luck.  I know it is scary. 



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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 678
   Posted 4/29/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Get a Rx from your GI for Nulev. You should also start taking some probiotics and fish oil.
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding (weaning so I can start 6mp)
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon

New Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 4/29/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your help. I ended up going to the GI Dr. because of the pain and he told me he didn't want to give me anything just yet =[ If i am still in pain next week he is going to give me steroids as a last resort. which kinda sucks because i have my tests now. but he did double my lialda so hopefully that will kick in sooner and ill be extra careful on what i eat!!

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2105
   Posted 4/29/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
If you stomach is just spasming, and you need to get to and take tests, you could get some immodium (pills). Should help you get through short term until the GI gives you something else. I haven't used it particularly but I lived on the lomitil while going through school and taking the big clinical tests/national boards. Nothing worse than a big cramp in the middle of a test that just makes the brain quit working.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3+Ca/1000mg DHA

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