working shifts with u/c

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All
being new to the life of a u/c sufferer do you think working shifts could or are bad for u/c , would working regular hours with regular meal, sleep times be of benifit. I work shifts and iam trying to get a general idea, be greatful of any input.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I think working shifts would be extra difficult for someone with UC. Working overnight shifts or constantly changing schedules messes with the body's natural rhythms.
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

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I work a mornings afternoons n night shift, its all i have done for the past 5 years and obviously i want to try to keep myself as well as possible , looking to transfer onto days but i will loose alot of money, but health comes before wealth, i wanted to find out if anybody worked shifts and transferd onto days and see if the quality of life improved

Post Edited (casper09) : 4/30/2009 8:56:26 AM (GMT-6)

Deacon Blues
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 4/30/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I am working nights/12 hrs. @ the hospital...working nights messes with every part of my, Seriously!! I will look for day shift as soon as the opportunity arises. I have worked nights over the past 10 yrs. off and on , and I usually last 1 year before I cry for MERCY and go to another shift. I work 3 days per week, so I think it is comparable to working alternating shifts as far as life on the days when I am not working. I am convinced that working nights is hard on everyone, even those who don't admit it. I did hear on the radio that some study showed that people who work nightshift for X amount of years live like 10 years less than those who do not...Other than not seeing the family alot I used to absolutely LOVE working afternoons (3pm-11pm)...
Diagnosed with UC in Dec of 1999
PANCOLITIS-mild to moderate (remission for 2 years +!!??...i don't know...I am just SO happy when I have a good day!!)
3X400mg Asacol 3x per day
Mild flares a couple times a year
46 yrs old

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   Posted 4/30/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
If you can stay on one shift you might be ok, but bouncing around to different shifts will probably mess you up, it does me.

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   Posted 4/30/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
After reading this, I kind of wonder if a really messed up sleep cycle is partially to blame (in addition to wacky post-pregnancy hormones) for causing my first flare. It's not like I got much sleep at all when my son was first born!
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, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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