Flare-ups at the same time every year

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   Posted 6/17/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I have a feeling alot of people might answer 'yes' to this one, but does anybody on here get a flare up at the exact same time every year? For me it used to be in the fall, but now the past 3 years its spring into summer (which in Minnesota is pretty much mid-June unfortunately). Sure enough, this year here we go again...the symptoms are starting. My brother had UC (before his J-pouch) and he used to get flare-ups every fall.

So, for those of you who have a mild remission during the year (like I pretty much do)? Do you often get a flare-up at the same time every year? If so, have you ever been able to 'prevent' it? I tried to this year and started taking the mesalamine enemas twice a day (which is a HUGE pain when you work full-time and have to get up at 5am to take the morning dose). Tried tapering off but low-and-behold, it was too soon. So I'm back on them twice a day for about 4 days now and no change, flare is still getting worse. Hoping it gets under control as I don't want to miss the precious summer months again this year!

Hope all are doing well on here, and enjoy the summer while you can!


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   Posted 6/17/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes. For me it's the fall too. I skipped one year though due to having done fecal transplantation.

I know I need to be very careful when fall comes around this year. I think it has something to due with the weather changing. My body really doesn't like the cold.
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

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/17/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
My son has had a flare every single summer since 2000 except for last summer. Some flares I swear begin almost to the day as previous years. I guess it is "convenient" that it is during summer and hasn't affected his schooling, but it sure make his summer unpleasant!!!

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Lailda 2 per day, Azasan 75mg, Cortafoam (when flaring), folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 10 UC dx 08/07 Colazal 750mg x 3, 6MP 12.5mg, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle

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   Posted 6/17/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine usually hits me every winter
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily

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   Posted 6/20/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine hits me late spring-early summer as it's starting to get hotter. I don't care for the heat. I've been inside with the air conditioner the past week due to the extreme heat in the US and so I've been doing ok, but I know when I go outside for an extender period I will get sick again. Without fail this will happen. I begin to dread summer now when before I always looked forward to it.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Canasa 1000mg @night. Started Oct. 23, 2008
- Niferex-150 Forte 1 capsule 2x Daily

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   Posted 6/20/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I haven't been able to get it under control yet (almost 2 years), but this summer and last summer were my worst times so far. I spent the entire last summer in my house in bed most of the time and lost a ton of weight. This summer was looking like it would be the same way but I have started Remicade and am getting better.
26 year old female
Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08 by flex. sig. as I was pregnant at the time and did not want to be put under for a colonoscopy
Breastfeeding my baby boy (born 4/8/09)
30 mg Prednisone AM, 30 mg PM, Will begin tapering to 50mg on 6/19 and if not worse after 3-4 days, will taper to 40mg. I can't wait to be off Prednisone
Started Remicade 6/11/09
Was on Asacol (2400mg or 3600mg a day) for 6 months with no success

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