Random thought = UC symptoms reducing when you move areas

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   Posted 5/31/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone been in a situation where they moved cities, counties, states/provinces, countries, etc...and saw their UC symptoms change for the better?
I know it's a strecth but a lot of people say that enivornmental forces do play a role in UC symptoms.  I ask because I moved from New York to Florida 3 years go and was diagnosed in Florida.  I'll be going back up to New York this weekend for a mini vacation for the first time since I was diagnosed and wanted to see how my symptoms would be up there.
Just a random thought....
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
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   Posted 5/31/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually got better when I moved from Ohio to Maine. That said, my stress level has decreased significantly and stress does seem to make me worse. But I know there is a North/South gradient to IBD from the research. More IBD in the colder climates. I think there is some research that Vitamin D plays a role as it does in other inflammatory diseases. Less Vit D=more problems.

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   Posted 5/31/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm, my symptoms started when I lived in Illinois. Then I moved to CA and there they got really bad, then I met my now husband and symptoms completely went away while still in CA, then I moved to VA and have had minor blips here and there in 8 years. For me, UC flares are mostly due to stress or antibiotics and not where I live. Though, I was in a minor flare and went on a cruise and the D stopped just as long as I was on vacation.
32 yr old female
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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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress, family, friends, sunshine and pollen can all have big affect on immune system. I always figured that's why I flared up every spring. Vit D levels lower, pollen up and overloaded immune system.
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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   

I would think if that did happen it would be coincidental.


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about geographic areas, but I do know that when I moved back in with my mother after 15 years of living on my own, my UC went mental! I have a strong suspicion that underlying stress makes my UC as bad as it currently is. Unfortunately, we're stuck with her for the time being, so I'm trying to deal with it as best I can. But I have heard of people getting better/worse when they change location- I think it's probably due to a lifestyle change as much as anything- you move to an area/home/job where you're either happier or not happier than before, & your body responds in kind.
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   Posted 5/31/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't underestimate the role mold/mildew had in my symptoms. I grew up in a house with dampness in the basement where I slept, my UC symptoms first appeared when I moved into a house with previous water damage after being given antibiotics with my first baby. Symptoms resurfaced again after moving into a house which had severe basement flooding after I moved in, and actually had black mildew-type stuff growing along my ceiling in my bedroom. I have heard of people feeling ill while at home, go away on vacation away from their normal everyday environment, feel better, only to come home and have symptoms resurface. I would be tempted to think environmental triggers. Same for those who go away to school, and have symptoms affected when in a different environment, away from home.
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