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Sore Tum
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted Today 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
So still no idea if it's UC or crohn's, biopsies from the surgery next month will hopefully will hopefully give a clearer answer.
He's upped my asacol to 1200mg three times a day and now he's muttering about azathioprin. Now I'm panicking, this drug sounds hideous!
This time last year I was a 'normal' person, I feel like I've aged 10 years in the last 6 months.
I do wonder if he's just going through the motions, however he has referred me to a dietician to talk about low residue diets, has anyone found these helpful?
30 year old, female.
Diagnosed with severe ulcerative proctitis, Mar 2009. Awaiting surgery for 2 fistulas.
Currently taking, 1200mg asacol TDS, 1g Pentasa supp at night, 30mg pred (tapering over one month)
Probiotics, zinc supplements, Cod liver oil.


Old Hat
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   Posted Today 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, low residue definitely helps me to reduce urgency & no. of bms when flaring. I'm wondering why your doctor doesn't prescribe steroid retention enemas before going to azathioprine. The right amount of steroid might heal your fistulas, which are more common to Chron's than UC. Some members have reported that metronidazole (Flagyl) also helped them treat fistulas. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

bbc
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   Posted Today 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Low residue is low on fiber especially non soluable fiber as this type of fiber does not mix with liquids well or at all, and causes abrasion to your tender colon. I also agree with the corti foam type of rectal meds first. Good luck and feel better soon!

Sore Tum
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   Posted 6/21/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
They had me on the steriod enemas for 4 weeks then the new doc swapped me to oral pred, I think he thought it would get things under control quicker. Who knows, I fell like I'm a bit of a passenger, but if the diet helps maybe I can avoid anymore escalations in treatment. Fingers crossed.
30 year old, female.
Diagnosed with severe ulcerative proctitis, Mar 2009. Awaiting surgery for 2 fistulas.
Currently taking, 1200mg asacol TDS, 1g Pentasa supp at night, 30mg pred (tapering over one month)
Probiotics, zinc supplements, Cod liver oil.

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