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*Jen*
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   Posted 6/29/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, I have them.  This is the only place I can talk about it!  Gross!  I don't know if it is from my last pregnancy/delivery or my last flare(about 4 months ago) or both, but yuck.  It doesn't really hurt, but when I'm trying to go there they are.  They are just uncomfortable and I would like to get rid of them.  Any advice??
Diagnosed: 
Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 4 flares, the last one caused by hormones from stopping breastfeeding.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!
 
 


AMK77
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   Posted 6/29/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI said the Cortifoam would "put out the fire".
32 yr old female
Mild Pancolitis
UC since 2000 - in remission for most of those 8 years med free.
Cannot tolerate mesalamine. Trying Applied Kinesiology & supplements.


therearemiracles
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   Posted 6/29/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I had infared treatment and rubberbanding and they still came back. I would have them looked at in any case, it wasn't painful. Make sure your not straining, but I can't help it with my diarreah and gut spasms, they're terrible. I'm going to really try fiber again to see if it will bulk up things and make this come out in one smooth fashion.

Very mild left sided (could have fooled me with the "mild")  UC. Started LDN ON 1/25/09, stopped LDN on 5/1/09 didn't seem to help. Supplements: Probiotics, Cipro antibiotics 4/29 for 8 days seems to be helping, no bleeding right now, advanced inflammation control


*Jen*
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   Posted 6/29/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
who did you talk to therearemiracles? Your GI? To get them treated.
Diagnosed: 
Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 6 flares, the last one caused by giving birth.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!
 
 


basa0806
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   Posted 6/29/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I think they are way worse when in remission! There's more to push up on them...All I use is peperation H cream. They eventually go down for me but it takes time.
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006-->THREE YEARS!!!!!
Trying Colazal 3 750mg x2-->Found it to be better than Asacol
25mg Elavil
75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
Maya Angelou"


Old Hat
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   Posted 6/29/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you try using Tuck's Medicated Pads after bms? The witch hazel solution shrinks hemmies. You could also ask your gastro to Rx Proctofoam HC aerosol. You insert the applicator the same as for Cortifoam, but the HC only disperses an inch or so. Sitz baths are also good if/when you have time for a soak. How are your kiddies, by the way? / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

*Jen*
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   Posted 6/29/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Kiddies are doing great Old Hat. Thanks for asking! And for the advice.. I haven't done much about them(though I have used the Tucks in the past). They seem to shrink and then reappear. Do they ever go away or are they just always there once you have them?
Diagnosed: 
Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 6 flares, the last one caused by giving birth.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!
 
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 6/29/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, that's it--- they tend to come & go, depending on the amount of pressure being put on one's tail end. We should try to avoid straining to push out bms because that definitely raises pressure. But when active UC causes left-side spasms, more pressure is generated for a longer time unless we get the med combos right & that suppresses the downward pushing. After a flex-sig in March I experienced this almost relentless pushing for about 5 days, in spite of my 5-ASA med. Then I realized that I needed an anti-spasmotic, but finally started to feel better & the hemmie that had revved up gradually shrank so that it stopped being uncomfortable. That seems to be the nature of the beast! / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

bbc
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   Posted 6/29/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I've really been battling these things darn things lately and my UC has been quiet; it's been about 6 mos of on and off hemmie hell for me.

I have found that sitting on a wedge or donut pillow helps but just be careful if you have a sensitive back. Make sure after you clean yourself to go back about 20mins later and clean again as those with IBD/IBS can leave/create a little extra residue which can really irritate the anal area. My colorectal doc gave me some anusol suppositories which are 2.5% cortisone vs the 10% in the cortifoam I use twice per week for my UC, and they do help but if I stop using then the hemmies come back. I have found that hot sitz baths (w/ or w/o epsom salts) are great and if you have a bidet use it after every BM.

I am now also using baby wipes vs tp and I do use the tucks, I also use prep h suppositores during the day as they are very soothing but expensive. I was also given sample of a 1% cortisone/lydocaine cream which I plan on trying tonight.

Hope you feel better soon : )


I am not a health care provider. I am offering support and guidance based upon my own conclusions and/or research. ALWAYS consult with a qualified health care provider.


thatfield
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   Posted 6/30/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I know that I have internal hemorrhoids too and I have difficulty knowing when the bleeding is coming from them versus my UC.  My UC medications do not always stop the bleeding even when they help my other symptoms...that is when I suspect the bleeding is from the hemorrhoids...the Canasa does not seem to help my hemorrhoids.  I am not sure what would...
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
 


Probiotic
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   Posted 6/30/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Same problem for me, thatfield, re knowing whether blood is from a flare or my internal hemis. I am thinking from the UC in my case because when I do have blood (haven't in more than 6 months) it occurs when my overall colon flare pain is highest and starts just after my stool builds up to a 'D' 10+ times a day- and I assume that once it is 'D' there is no strain on a hemi. But maybe I am wrong and the strain is simply from going so often and the muscles working the whole rectum just to get out more air and mucus.


Pancolitis >20 years, allergic to all 5ASAs
(To pharma: enough already with the umpteen variants of Asacol!)
Tried everything under the sun (natural and alternative), low carb SCD
Some partial success with TSO but  too expensive to keep up 
Remicade Humira, lots of probiotics, entocort, tapering increasing pred again,
homemade fecal infusions, maybe surgery this year soon
 
 


thatfield
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   Posted 6/30/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, (Probiotic) - I have been told that frequency and even "d" can also cause hemorrhoids to flare and bleed. Sometimes I seem to start to improve from a flare however the bright red blood and some slight rectal discomfort will remain for weeks...I think the blood is probably a combination of the flare and the hemis but I am always a little scared to do anything to treat the hemis for fear of irritating the UC again...vicious cycle sometimes!
Dx 2006 right after the birth of my daughter
Lialda 3 pills a day!
Canasa daily
Probiotics Daily
 

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