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   Posted 6/3/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Does alcohol consumption directly affect anyone's UC?

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   Posted 6/3/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
WARNING: Take what I say with a grain of salt: I am a recovering alcoholic (sober 1.5 years) and DID NOT drink like a normal person. That said, even the smallest but of alcohol (although there was usually more to follow) would trigger severe symptoms. It's definitely a good idea to get others opinions, as my situation is different. But the short answer is yes. For ME. Not drinking has vastly improved my colon health.
katie; 24
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year; diagnosed with colitis 2007; malrotated colon; no cecal valve, removed during surgery; gastritic emptying; Amitiza;

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   Posted 6/3/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
yes. its highly acidic. That’s why it makes your tum burble. Especially if you dink it with a meal. Its also bad to drink if your on medication
Female 32 years old
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1/2 X 500mg pentasa in the morrning= 250g pentasa (I reduced this to see how my diet will effect me) and 1 X250g Asacol every other evening
Diet- Tried raw food diet with 80% raw foods, found some pro's and cons. Started to add more products to keep up weight as mine did not balance. Still eating raw spinage and still am combination eating. No dairy No gluten.  
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I've not had more than a beer or glass of wine or two since being diagnosed, and I've not noticed a problem yet.
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 every other night, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
i was drinking last night. I had like 4 or 5 pints of lager (don't know if you guys measure beer in pints over there but that's like 4 litres). Everything was fine until 5am when it all went horribly wrong. I will not be drinking again until my next remission.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
well by that i mean... When i eat at the moment i feel the consequences within minutes. With alcohol i was pleasantly suprised until my colon woke me up in the morning.

Liza D
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   Posted 6/3/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
When I flare I don't drink... too painful. I'd rather eat and take a pain pill...
UC (Pancolitis... 90%!) December 2001
Arthritis (2003)
Upper GI Ulcer (2006)
Osteopenia (2008)
Depression/Anxiety (2002)
J-Pouch May 2009

Meds just stopped working so I took the problem out! No more colon and all kinds of excitement!

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   Posted 6/3/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't drink regularly just on special occasions and it never seems to bother me, but I'm also in remission between flares and I don't drink at all during flares.

Diagnosed January 07 - but realize I've been living with minor flare-ups for 10+ years. 
Asacol 3 pills/3 times a day.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not drink regularly but a once or twice a month I will have a glass of wine with dinner or a beer at a cookout and it never makes any difference for me.  If I am in a real flare then I just am, if not I just am and drink do not make much of a difference for me.  I wish that they did because then I could eliminate things that bother me and it might make management a little easier...not a factor for me though...
Dx 2006 right after the birth of my daughter
Lialda now down to 1 pill a day!
Canasa on and off as needed
Probiotics Daily

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   Posted 6/3/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I've stopped drinking since soon after my diagnosis, even a small amount of alcohol makes me feel really sick and a very dodgy stomach.
22 year old female, from the UK. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08. Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect! Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets, 100mg Azathioprine (started taking 11th May),1g Acetarsol suppository every other night, 1g Mesalazine granules x 2 
Motilium (anti sickness), 1.5mg Zopiclone (taken when needed for sleeping), 10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety/depression), Probiotic Multivitamins 

Serenity Now
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   Posted 6/3/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, alcohol is the one thing that adversely affects my colon even during remission. I will indulge on a special occasion, but I can feel it for days afterwards.
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 

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   Posted 6/3/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   

When I was first diagnosed, I was still drinking occasionally (on the weekends - 4-5 beers a night). I realized that soon after I drank my first beer that I had to rush to the toilet to let it out, it really sucked. 

Then I was diagnosed with PSC (autoimmune disease that affects the Liver) and now I will not have a drink for the rest of my life sad .

It kind of stinks to not to be able to have an occasional drink with family or friends, it really makes you realize how much this disease controls what you can and cant do...

Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
6MP - 50mg - started 5/04/09
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Mens Multi Vitamin - 1 a day
Calcium & Vitamin D3 - 1200mc of Calcium and 800iu of Vitamin D3  
Jaro - Dophilus Probiotic (3.4 Billion) - 1 a day
Diagnosed with PSC: 3/9 --now taking Urso
Sunflower Seed & Spinach Diet - Started 4/26/09

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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
my doc said alcohol is fine with our condition depending on individuals and how it makes them feel. if u feel fine, then drink, if not, then dont. simple.
and the meds i am on, which are a lot, are fine with alcohol. no issues there.
so its personal choice and feeling on this one.

i am fine drinking sometimes. and other times i feel crap. not sure if its alcohol or not since i always feel like this regardless.
steph - 32 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
was in remission until i quit smoking 3 weeks ago  >_<
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
just finished 3 months of prednisolone
quercertin tablets
tumeric capsules
pre-conception vitamins and minerals (cuz we trying to make a baby)
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all :(

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