Easing UC Cramps

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JewelsOK
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted Today 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
What is a good way to ease the cramping of a UC flare? My son is having about 8 trips to the bathroom per day (loose, blood, cramps). What can we do to ease the cramping?

Thanks
Julie

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


Hopingforacure
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   Posted Today 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
You can ask your dr. for an anti spasmodic......it helps so much!
Jamie : 32 : Female
Diagnosed 12/97
Started SCD this month : 40 mg of prednisone : Rowasa
 
 


Old Hat
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   Posted Today 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Keith (KS1905) posted about a month ago that his gastro RXed Tylenol with codeine as he was feeling pretty miserable at night. It worked wonders, he said. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

quincy
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   Posted Today 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Dicyclomine is what I've used for over 20 years...it's amazing for me.
I started at 10mg but graduated to 20 about 5 years ago.

I would totally skip the codeine suggestion....probably because I have an allergy to it and am in more pain from it then what I would take it for.

quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


quincy
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   Posted Today 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Forgot to ask when does he take the probiotics? Sometimes that in itself can cause the discomfort if taken during the day when he's active.

The other thing could be food intake....what does he eat in general?
Changing it a bit can help his discomfort.

quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


JewelsOK
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   Posted Today 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the suggestions on the Bentylol. I will call doctor on Monday and ask about it.

Diet - I really have a hard time with him with this. He says it doesn't make a difference what he eats. He HATES bland boring food!!

I hate to even admit that he had a McDonald's Blizzard and french fries for a snack in the afternoon and then fried mushrooms and pizza for dinner.

Anyone know ways to make bland fun?

He is losing weight and doesn't want to and always seems to when sick and eating bland since he hates it so much.

He does take Primadophilus Reuteri in the am and Culturelle in the pm.
Julie

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Lailda 2 am & 2 pm, 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


quincy
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   Posted Today 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...bland sucks...really!

He could take both the reuteri and the Culturelle at night a few hours after his meds.

I think it would depend on when most of his discomfort is. Is it in the afternoon? In the evening?

I ate like crazy after I was diagnosed because I was soooo underweight...but pretty much stayed away from milk products considering they made me so uncomfortable. Eventually, adding them back as I felt better was OK. I'm still lactose intolerant, but at least I know what to expect.

What does he have for breakfast?

A blizzard once in a while is fine....maybe the McDonald's one is less offensive to him that other brands? Experimenting is really key.

Pizza...hit and miss with them as well...depeding on how much fat and what kind of cheese...etc.

He could possibly start a fibre supplement with meals to help bulk up the stool a bit and that in itself will possibly help some of the discomfort eventually.

The Bentylol (it's Bentyl in the US).

I think if he stays away from soft drinks....they cause the most gas and discomfort.

How much has he improved since diagnosis?
 
quincy


*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


imagine
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Total Posts : 30
   Posted Today 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Before I even was diagnosed (back in sixth grade), I used to suck on peppermints. They helped with nausea and, if I remember correctly, the cramps...
Diagnosed 2002(?) Indeterminate colitis (recently called Chrons)
Currently on: alternating doses of 6mp, 8 Asacol, weekly Humira, & 1000mg Canasa nightly
Also: generic Immodium and Levbid
 
Refusing to take pred and humira...(doing a diet/food diary change)
 


Boxermom2
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   Posted Today 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I just tapered off steroids.  Flaring again.  Took 35mg of Prednisone yesterday.  The cramps are severe.  I just started Hycosomine for spasms.  I haven't noticed it helping me yet.  I hope they start to work.

Hollyhock
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   Posted 6/21/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope you feel better soon!

Sara14
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   Posted 6/21/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe a heating pad on the abdomen? It could help relieve some of the pain.
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


pb4
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   Posted 6/21/2009 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Chamomile tea may also help, it's know to aid with menstral cramps so it may have the same positive effect on other tummy cramps too, just be sure there is no issues with being allergic to ragweed or else chamomile should be avoided.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


bbc
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   Posted 6/21/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Geez, 17 with UC : (

Hope your child gets to feeling better asap...I'll pray for him.

burnabygirl
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Total Posts : 205
   Posted 6/22/2009 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I had severe abdominal cramps and loose BMs last August. My doctor prescribed me with Entocort (steroid) enema. I used it nightly and started to feel much better after 2 days---less cramps. And on the 5th day I had formed BMs again.
I used Entocort enema nightly for 7 weeks before I tapered.
I wish your son will feel beter soon.
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare for 1 year till Nov 2008.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema, Salofalk suppositories, Salofalk tablets 1000mg x 3/day, Entocort enema (tapering).
Supplements: Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C and psyllium capsules (Metamucil).


fitmom00
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Total Posts : 113
   Posted 6/26/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
My doc game me Hyomax (supposed to calm the stomach/colon) but it never did anything for me. the only thing that worked was Lortab (combo of Hydrocodone & Tylenol) but you can only take that so long as it's an opiate and can be addictive. I also used a heating pad on my stomach and that seemed to help. I've heard others have good luck w/ Hyomax though. You melt it under your tongue, so it's easy to keep on hand at all times.
Renee
Diagnosed w/ UC in August 2007
Was in remission for almost one year (using only Lialda 4xday)
Rowasa and Canasa did not work.
Current status: In Flare since May 2009

4 Lialda/day maintenance, healthy diet
Starting Colal-Pred trial May 18, 2009, ended when hospitalized two weeks later. Also diagnosed with C. Diff while in hospital.
Currently taking Vancomycin, 60mg Prednisone (start tapering soon) and doc wants to discuss MP6.

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