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cyn555
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   Posted 8/6/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
ive been working as a receptionist for a furniture company for about 4 months now. its a a really stressful job. lol alot of problems to solve and people screaming at you over the phone. for hte last month i started seeing symptoms from uc. i started seeing blood an mucuc but no diareah. i went to see my gi and he gave me salofalk that im still taking right now. but now during the day ill get this cramp ill go to the bathroom and theres just a bit of stool that comes out and its like covered in blood. when i whipe theres blood there too. could it be hemmies? or those symptoms are just there cause im stressing so much with this job???
 
- 23 year old female, Gatineau, Quebec
 -diagnosed with UC june 2007 panacolitis
- Asacol (6 daily)800mg
 


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/6/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be either I suppose. It wouldn't hurt to go see your doctor so they can check for hemmies. If those aren't the culprit then I guess it's the stress
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
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quincy
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   Posted 8/7/2009 2:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...you've been on the Salofalk enemas or the suppositories? Nightly for the past month as in 30 times you've used it?

Continual stress can definitely cause some symptoms and hinder healing...but it also depends on severe your inflammation was before starting the meds.

Considering you have pancolitis...what other symptoms are you having at this time...diarrhea? how many times are you running to the bathroom?

One strange thing that happens with UC...it flares from the bottom up and heals from the top down...so the lower part of the rectum is the last to heal, and can be the most difficult.


getting it checked out might not be a bad thing....but if you're improving since you started the Salofalk (again, I don't know if it's the enemas or suppositories), you should just continue treatment.

quincy
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd 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 !!!
 


cyn555
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   Posted 8/7/2009 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   
hey quincy

i had talked to my doctor about it. but at the time i had mucus mixed in with that. now i dont see any. i still got 2 weeks to go on my salofalk and its 1 nightly. i dont really have that many symptons. i wake up in the morning and have gas and cramps. the first time i go i see the usual small stool covered in blood. then ill go a second time and my stool will look fine. then during the day i will go about id say 5 times not really with urgency but i will have cramps and then just a bit a stool will come out and it will have blood. i quit my job yesturday cause its way to stressful hopefully that helps!! lol maybe cake making will be less stressful for me.
 
- 23 year old female, Gatineau, Quebec
 -diagnosed with UC june 2007 panacolitis
- Asacol (6 daily)800mg
 


thatfield
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   Posted 8/7/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you are still in a flare to me. Stress does not cause UC but certainly can cause you to flare. There are lots of studies about the link to GI health and mental health. Hopefully you can find a new job with less stress and also find some good stress relief techniques too...stay on the salofalk until you are completely cleared up.
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quincy
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   Posted 8/7/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations in quitting your job...sometimes the distress we have no control over is best to leave behind.

Cake-making...I'm sure it has stresses based on deadlines....but it's creative and seems a great probability of enjoying your job now.

Are you on the suppositories or the enemas?

Hope you feel better soon!

q
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd 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 !!!
 


Peety
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   Posted 8/7/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Request cramps or spasms with then only a little stool each time is how my flares manifest themselves. I always had a little blood and mucus.
Stress does not make me worse, it makes me better!
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


cyn555
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   Posted 8/7/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
quincy,
im on the salofalk supposetories.

but its weird cause i dont think im really in a flare though. i dont really feel sick. i loosing a bit of my appetite but not that much. and im not getting any diareah. i havent had any since i started taking asacol when i was diagnosed. but i am tired and look tired. so i dont know if i can really consider this a flare. or if it is its a small one.
 
- 23 year old female, Gatineau, Quebec
 -diagnosed with UC june 2007 panacolitis
- Asacol (6 daily)800mg
 


quincy
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   Posted 8/8/2009 3:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi..lower in the rectum inflammation doesn't produce the "classic" symptoms, but yes...you can also have IBS happening, which definitely reacts to stress/distress.

I personally don't think you're on enough rectal med....please consider to ask for the retention enemas..more bang for the buck so to say as well.

Eventually you'll learn that if your symptoms become obvious, you'll rectgnise the symptoms before the obvious ones.

Hope you feel better soon!

q
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd 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 !!!
 


jen h 99
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   Posted 8/8/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd suggest you see a Naturopath who can get you on a nutrition plan that will compliment your healing, and prevent from any vitamin depletion from your meds. I was on Asocol and Salofalk when I went to my first appointment with my ND, and she put me on a strict food plan that allowed me to successfully wean off of my medications. It took several months and a lot of focus and will power, but it was worth it. It has helped with all cramping and bloating, and now the only problem I have is a little bit of blood on my stool.

quincy
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   Posted 8/8/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
jen...little bit of blood in stool means the tissue is very delicate/friable/tears/bleeds easily.....in other words..you're still flaring, and you should still consider rectal meds to help with that.

q
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd 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 !!!
 


tournevice
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   Posted 8/9/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Cyn.
I understand your situation.
My colitis is mild to medium and it seems either the medication aren't strong enough or we have some symptoms that are "gossants" :P
And most of doctors say that its not as bad but because you seem like medium colitis like I do well because the lower part of the rectum is affected.. it's the part that is most symptomatic.
I have lots of fake emergencies and I had them most of time at work where I used to be in retailing. I know about customers yelling at you, think they are kings and I know about trying to absorb all that, be polite but come home drained with cramps and just want to buy a bottle of wine and sleep!!
You health is more important than anything. Without your health you can't work and build up great memories. And what about your dreams?
I had a severe pneumonia and fell completely ill in march. And when I took 4 days off on a doctor's note they fired me. Not hiding the fact i was sick. So in my opinion if this job is very stressfull and they don't give you support on that... wherever you stay or not doesnt matter to them. Most canadian businesses say they have a human approach.. but you have to deliver.
And I think there is much in life to taste than stress. However your doctor can help you with your symptoms too :p
But in my idea it's worth the give all the best to your side. Cause in the end, you are the one suffering.
Hope you are well soon.
stefanie

cyn555
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   Posted 8/10/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
hey stefanie.
i agree with you completely. if you dont have your health you cant do much. ive been feeling like that for a couple of weeks. going home feeling completely drained and just wanting to go to bed. my boss didnt understand when i told her i had to quit. she really didnt want me to go. i told her i have to do this for myself im too stressed right now. but on the good side this weekend i got lots of sleep and i acutally felt better. i barely had any blood and only went to the bathroom in the morning and a couple of times in the evening. im crossing my fingers!!! but i think what im going to do is go see my gi this week to see if he can give me one more month of salofalk and see if this clears up. im going up North in Abitibi next week and i wanna feel good.
 
- 23 year old female, Gatineau, Quebec
 -diagnosed with UC june 2007 panacolitis
- Asacol (6 daily)800mg
 

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