old IBD -- new problems?

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/28/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I just found this forum and would like to hear back from folks. Fifteen years ago, I was diagnosed with IBD and put on ASACOL ($$$). After a year or two, it went away and has stayed away, thankfully.
However, last Wednesday I made Mexican food and used a can of refried beans. Beans usually give me gas, but by Wed night, I was in enormous pain/bloat/borborygmy (sp?). I had a few Asacols left, but was afraid to take them because they are so old. And, I wasn't having diarrhea -- mainly the above symptoms (huge pain, as you all know). Tylenol was the only thing that helped the pain. Nothing else worked for the gas, and it felt like a flare without the diarrhea.
Since then, I've eaten very little. But of course by nighttime, whatever I've eaten during the day starts to trigger the gas/bloat. I'm looking for an antispasmodic that won't constipate and foods that I can eat -- I'm really hungry. Oh, applesauce seems to be ok.
Any ideas? Suggestions? Comments?

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   Posted 4/28/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
It's great that you have been able to manage so well without medication. I think most of the people on this site take regular medication to maintain remission. Some of us are in a balanced state but not quite remission. The rest of us are fighting to get into remission. I am not sure if what you describe is the begnning of a flare or if it's a stomach bug. If you're really starting to flare, I am not sure taking a couple old Asacol will help. You may need to take it continuously for maintenence. You should call a GI and see what is recommended. You can get drugs for free from the manufacturer if you need them and have low income. It is called a patient assistance program. Asacol's program is through proctor and gamble. I get mine for free. I don't think anyone here can make any recommendations based on the information you provided. Maybe you need a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy to see what exactly is going on after all these years?
Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
December 08 - Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9 a day)

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