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micall92
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/8/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope someone can help me with this...I've had UC for like a year now and it was getting better. I was seeing real improvements, but then around 3 days ago I got the chills really bad and then a small fever, a headache and my neck ached. During that same time i started going like 10 times a day and it was very watery and sometimes blood. Food is going right through me. Is this a flare up? or does it have something to do with the chills and the fever?

Peety
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
A UC flare does not manifest itself with chills or fever (except maybe if you get really anemic, you'll feel cold all the time).

You might just have the flu! It will certainly irritate your gut. Ugh, so frustrating when you were getting better. I have to stay away from sick relatives/kids, because any kind of illness will also cause some level of flare.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


Peety
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Get some tamiflu
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


quincy
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   Posted 7/8/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi..welcome to the forum!

What meds are you on at this time? Did you have any other symptoms that "might" have had you suspect you would be flaring?

Any fever, low-grade, can be associated with UC flaring...but if your fever is high, you might have picked up a gastro bug and it's affecting you right now.

If you have any meds, make sure you're taking them.
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If this persists beyond a few days, it could be in your best intersts to call the doctor and see if you can do stool sample testing. Best to know what's going on.


You should start probiotics and a fibre supplement and possibly change your diet for the next few days to something more bland and easier to digest.

The fibre supplements will help absorb the liquid in your gut and hopefully some of the bad bugaboos if you have that happening.

The probiotics will help get the digestive flora back into balance.

Were you on antibiotics in the recent past?

quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x 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....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ 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 !!!
 


micall92
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the help guys, i appreciate it...i'm currently taking sulfadiazine, folic acid, an iron pill, and probiotics. I hope that whatever I got will work it's way out of my system before i have to call the doctor...i was around lots of people and handling their money this weekend so many i picked something up from someone.

micall92
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
and by sulfadiazine i meant Sulfasalazine lol

Malkavian
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   Posted 7/9/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Flu generally does not cause stomach symptoms-more likely it's noravirus or something like that, though I've noticed getting sick can trigger flares.
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently in remission
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 7/9/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, the flu can put you into a flare, even if it is not a symptom of the flu itself.
How are you doing today?
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


bookgal77
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 83
   Posted 7/9/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Fever (low-grade) can definitely be a sign of a flare-up. Best to get it checked out just to be sure.
**Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001; diagnosis changed to Crohn's disease in 2009 (but still only impacts colon)
**Asacol (4800 mg daily), 6-MP (100 mg daily -- recently switched from Imuran), Prednisone (8 mg daily...for a few more weeks), Flagyl (250 mg every other day), Nexium (40 mg daily)
GOAL of one day being immunosuppressant free...still working on my doctor on this one but I am a world traveler who desperately wants to go to Africa one day!


kops2da
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   Posted 7/9/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   

I have sweating, slight fever and chills a LOT - doctor told me it was the UC.  Who knows! 

ElaineNY


 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   
Cannot tolerate mesalamines.  New specialist (June) - Cortifoam and Anusol three times a day for now.  Hope it works!
 
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


micall92
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/9/2009 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
after a few days it was finally getting better this evening...i'm glad too b/c just in the course of those 4 days i lost like 8 pounds...thanks for all the help guys
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