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Sara14
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   Posted 6/4/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody. I haven't been here in a while, but wanted to tell you that I quit smoking May 23. I am on day 13 of no cigarettes and so far, my UC is fine...in fact, it's better than it was when I smoked. I feel closer to remission than I ever have since diagnosis. I might even be in remission now. Maybe the UC will get worse farther into my quit, who knows, but for now I am doing really well. I never felt that cigs helped my UC...I smoked since I was first diagnosed with it. Thanks to those who have encouraged me to stop smoking in the past.
yeah yeah yeah
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistent rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/4/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you! :)
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).


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 6/4/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Well done! I used to smoke, and know how hard it can be to give it up.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Asacol enema occasionally
Spinach & sunflower seed diet / Juicing spinach and carrots


dakotagirl
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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations! May your UC continue to behave :)
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  remission
Lialda 4 per day,  Azathioprine 50mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia, Fibercon, and Culturelle
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: June 17
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
 
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Old Hat
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   Posted 6/4/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Brava!!!!!! (And welcome back!!!!!!!!!) It's better for your overall health & will also free up some $$ you can save or spend on good stuff. Wow!!!!!!! That will be just great if you achieve remission now. Being rid of winter must also be helping your colon. I realized a couple days ago that my nose finally quit running every time I leave home -- it was probably overreacting to the cold temps, lol. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Sara14
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   Posted 6/4/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys! Tonight has been kind of a hard one, but I know I don't want to smoke. I'm almost at the two week mark so I should be over the worst (I hope, at least). I have saved so much money already and I'm planning some rewards for myself. =)

Old Hat - Yes, I think the warmer weather is also helping my colon. It doesn't seem to care for winter much. I get the nearly constant nose running thing in the winter, too. Yes, it would be great if I could achieve remission now. I'm not going to get too excited about it yet and jump the gun but I am trying to appreciate and enjoy every day I get with very few UC symptoms. How has your UC been lately?

Hope you're all doing well.
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistent rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


AMK77
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   Posted 6/4/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you!
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?


Old Hat
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   Posted 6/4/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for asking, Sara : I'm probably 95% recovered from the March flare & being cautious with diet because my colon stays quieter that way. No walnut chocolate chip cookies (sigh) ... / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Sara14
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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Haha, too bad about the cookies. But at least it's keeping your colon pretty happy. And think how good one will taste after not having one for a long time.

Thank you, AMK! I'm really liking being smokefree (most of the time, at least :)
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistent rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


kazygirl
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   Posted 6/7/2009 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   
i quit smoking about 5 weeks ago now and i wish i could say im doing good.
im not

my flare is worse than its ever been. pain, blood, horrible pain, omg!
it sucks.
i almost want to start smoking again right now. but i know i will do this all over again when i quit again.
sucks.
dont know what to do.

glad it worked out for you sara
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 :(
 
 
 


PaloPalo78
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   Posted 6/7/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kazygirl
I have colitis ( pancolitis ) and smoked lightly since my teens ,
 
every time i have tried to stop i have had problems with my colitis - i managed to cut down to one a day and had few major flare ups
 
but i had a big one year and half ago and was taken in to hospital for emergency infliximab infusion which worked instantly - i was told that i must not smoke ! and that if i did it would mean the infliximab wouldnt be able to work as well due to my body having extra toxins and things to deal with
 
this scared me into quitting although i had big doubts ..
 
its been 14 months now and i have survived with hardly any trouble - possibly due to infliximab infusions rather than just giving up !...
 
but i was convinced that smoking even once a day was helping - now i think it was all in my head . i kept reading that smoking could be a help for UC but not for crohns and it was on my mind everytime i smoked.
 
try to carry on smoke free for a few more months and fingers crossed you will be much better in the long run

Sara14
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   Posted 6/7/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Steph. Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Have you been in touch with your doctor? Maybe he or she would have some suggestions. Maybe rectal meds? I'm sorry, I don't know what to suggest. I hope you can find something that works and that you don't "have to" go back to smoking. I'm kind of scared that my UC will get worse since I only quit smoking 2 weeks ago, but I'm happy that it's good for now.
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistent rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


kazygirl
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   Posted 6/8/2009 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
im always in touch with my doctor.
im back on pred, blood tests waiting for imuran, mesalazine.
my doctor and i have each other on speed dial.

i quit smoking and now i have to deal with it.
oh well.
hopefully its not another year and a half long horrible flare.
hopefully goes away much quicker.

and everytime it goes away, its soemthing different.
really goes to show ya that everyone is different and different things work for different people. crazy
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 :(
 
 
 


AlliUC
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   Posted 6/8/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on quitting smoking. I know how hard it is. I have been smoke free for over 2.5 years.

I think that quitting was tied to flaring for me but I had to quit and now that it is done, any flare that happens is no longer connected.

Sara14 - Enjoy your success! It is good to reward yourself.
Kazygirl - I hope you have some relief soon.
Female, 41

2009/03/03 - ulcerative colitis - Pancolitis
1995/09/15 - proctitis (during pregnancy, just months after I quit smoking)

Prednisone Mar 5/09 60 mg - taper by 5 mg every 4 days starting April 17/09
Salofalk enemas = 5-aminosalicylic acid (mesalamine) added March 24/09
Mezavant 4.8 g daily (mesalazine) added April 29/09


Sara14
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   Posted 6/10/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Alli! Congrats to you for over 2.5 years smokefree! I have been planning some rewards for myself. My 3-week reward this weekend is going to be a professional massage so I'm looking forward to that!

steph - I hope your flare gets under control soon. Congrats on quitting smoking and being strong enough to stick it out through this flare.
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistent rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


subdued
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   Posted 6/10/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats!!

I smoked in high school. I quit cold turkey in my senior year. I went from craving cigarettes to not being able to stand the smell. It takes a few years to get to that point, but it does get easier over time. And it feels great too.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working


Mitzo
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   Posted 6/10/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
To me, not smoking means round after round of gut trouble.
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.

 


Sara14
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   Posted 6/10/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Joy. =) I've now been smokefree for 19 days. It is a great feeling. And I'm thankful my gut has been calm thus far.
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistent rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


Old Hat
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   Posted 6/11/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Way-to-go! That's great news, Sara!!!!!! Keep it up so that your respiratory system cells have time to recover. I don't recall the actual time span listed, but American Cancer Society periodically publishes a chart giving the amount of time it takes for lungs to recover full health-- relative to length of a quitter's smoking cycle. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Deacon Blues
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   Posted 6/11/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Well good for you and may God Bless your efforts!! As for me, I started again 2 1/2 years ago as an experiment...so far I think it has helped ALOT!! I quite the first time 17 years ago and started running and LOVED IT!! I never had the urge or could even tolerate being around smokers after quitting!!! I started 2 1/2 yrs ago and really don't like it and wouldn't miss it. NOW I am starting to jog again and am days away from stopping smoking again because I just miss feeling clean in my lungs....wish me luck as well :-)
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 4x per day
Mild flares a couple times a year
45 yrs old


Sara14
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   Posted 6/11/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck, Deacon Blues! You can do it. I went through a free quitting online program from the American Lung Association. The site is FFSOnline.org, if you're interested and it really helped me. There is a message board there too with really supportive people going through the same thing. I'm sure it will be a lot easier to jog if you quit again. I know I can breathe a lot better already.

I will have to look for that chart, Old Hat. I've seen similar benefit timelines, but I can't remember how many years it takes to completely recover full health to the lungs.
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistent rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen

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