Change in temperature cause sudden onset?

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Tofu4Dinner
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/25/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I have noticed that often when I go from one extreme temperature to the next I get sudden cramps and diarrhea. I especially notice it when I'm walking out of my office into the heat outside, easily a 25 degree change now that it is summer. It always makes for an unpleasant and painful ride home. I don't know if it happens in the winter since my UC just came back last month. I know that it is not a stress-triggered event as I want to go home and if it was stress related, I would think it would happen walking INTO work, not leaving it. tongue

Has anyone else had this happen?

Tofu
2000 - Diagnosed with UC
Asacol - didn't help - quit taking after 8 months.
Prednisone for 1 year - weakened my teeth to the point that some broke - quit taking.
2004 - Remission for 9 months! Woot!
2005 - Began taking Strattera for ADD and colitis went back into remission!
June 2009 - off the Strattera and colitis is back.
July 23, 2009 - Canasa suppositories - 1000mg x 2 a day

(Zoloft 150mg/daily; Xanax .5mg x 2)


quincy
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   Posted 7/25/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, leaving is much better than arriving sometimes....but....the stressors of the day can certainly hit after leaving work when one has time to ruminate over them.

I would think for some people the heat can trigger a reaction of some sort.

The other thing..do you usually have a bm when you arrive home? It just me be timed appropriately.

Maybe put on music you love and take in some peppermint aroma therapy to ease and clear your mind....

I hate the heat, but air conditioning is something I cannot live without.

I love the cold of winter...

You can experiment regarding thoughts (a little cognitive therapy process) of what your thoughts are happening before you leave and what you think as you're leaving and once you get into your car.

I know that some cities have horrific traffic drives...that in itself can be frustrating.

q
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~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 !!!
 


Old Hat
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 7/25/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, it can happen. I always keep a cotton sweater handy at work during summer in case the A/C turns super cold. Lately I've also been eating a salt-free rice cake at the end of lunch because that seems to slow my peristalsis a bit, which gets me thru the rest of the afternoon w/o needing a visit to the facilities. Make sure your vitamins/minerals (bloods) are in order; some deficiencies cause the body to be less adaptable to external temperatures. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; taking original Colazal)

b3th4nyy
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 7/25/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
wow i am so relieved to know that im not the only one that it happens to!! whenever i get too hot (especially too fast) i get sick almost instantly. never fails. for some reason cooler is better for me.. i wish i understood why. maybe its time to move up north. lol

Tofu4Dinner
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 7/26/2009 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Old Hat - I have noticed that when my UC is bad I'm prone to chills and the cold. In fact, I have 4 sweaters on the back of my chair AND I run the little space heater next to me. I cannot tolerate temperatures when they dip below a frigid 76 degrees. The office is kept at approximately 70-72 during the summer to accommodate all those hot-headed lawyers. The fact that I'm expected to wear skirts does not help the matter. If I had my way I'd be bundled up in Flannels all day. I'm going to talk to HR this week about going on short-term disability for the next 3 months.

b3th4nyy - It's interesting that it happens to you too! I'm going to ask the GI when I see him on 8/24 if he has any idea what causes it. But body much prefers the heat, and it seems to be the suddenness of the exposure that causes the cramping. Or, as quincy said, it could be the thought of the dreaded traffic. Although it's usually not that bad when I'm leaving work and I generally listen to a book-on-cd which is pleasant.
2000 - Diagnosed with UC
Asacol - didn't help - quit taking after 8 months.
Prednisone for 1 year - weakened my teeth to the point that some broke - quit taking.
2004 - Remission for 9 months! Woot!
2005 - Began taking Strattera for ADD and colitis went back into remission!
June 2009 - off the Strattera and colitis is back.
July 23, 2009 - Canasa suppositories - 1000mg x 2 a day

(Zoloft 150mg/daily; Xanax .5mg x 2)


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30976
   Posted 7/26/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi T4D....you should also get your thyroid checked to make sure nothing there is wonky...that could be partly why you're feeling cold. As well...your blood pressure.

q
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~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 !!!
 


Old Hat
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 5190
   Posted 7/26/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Chills can be part of UC flares, too. I tend to get them when I'm overtired. It's the revved-up immune system sending us a reminder to take better care of ourselves! UC should only happen to rich people who don't need to hold down a fulltime job (sigh) ... / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... {etc.])

Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 7/27/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Getting overheated definitely would make my gut spasm.
And...even loud noise! Go figure. If my husband sees me open the car window in the middle of winter, he knows to reach for the radio and turn it down, too. When I'm flaring badly I can't even answer the phone when it rings because the sudden noise makes me run to the bathroom. Leave a message, I'll call back.

My office is also freezing. It's miserable. I go outside into the heat to warm up.
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

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