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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
I was wondering does anyone ever worried about the Swine Flu? Stuff like that makes me never want to sleep the house. I hope they get the vaccine to work.

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   Posted 8/10/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Better chance getting in auto accident. I continue to drive everyday though.
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   Posted 8/10/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I have 3 employees who have been diagnosed with swine flu. It's been a very moderate illness and although it will most likely reach epidemic proportions, it's not a terribly bad flu.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 8/10/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
It's been blown out of proportion for sure.

I don't worry about it any more than I worry about the 'regular' flu. I most likely won't get the vaccine for it when they come up with that soon...
22 years old

Diagnosed with moderate/severe UC June 2007, I've had it since December 2006.

Haven't been on here in a while (finally graduated college).
Update as of 5/26/09 - Now taking Imuran 100mg/day.
2 Lialda/day.
Vitamins - Caltrate+D, iron, A, B12,
Flintstone Complete+iron, and aloe vera pills/juice.
At least I'm off the Entocort. =]

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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it's not that it is a particularly bad flu, just that it might spread to a lot of people and disrupt everything. Get the flu shots because any flu will make you miserable and can trigger a 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

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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I plan to do all the things I normally do to protect myself from flu and colds. Other than that, I've learned to not worry about things over which I have no control. Saves me time.
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Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
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   Posted 8/10/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, apparently others aren't affected with the flu as bad as I've been in the past, and the few times I've had the flu....it was horrific.

So, I'm really dreading having ANY flu.....because the risks are just as high.

I think what this media exposure has done is have people look at their bad hygeine habits in general...and I think ultimately it will help more than just the flu.

Although, the overuse of antibacterial wipes, etc will produce another MRSA problem possibly.

We tend to go overboard, but cannot protect ourselves from everything unfortunately.

*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 !!!

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   Posted 8/10/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Out of curiosity, is there any reason not to get flu shots if you have Ulcerative Colitis?
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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I'm not worried about it, just as I really don't worry about the "regular" flu that goes around every year. I get a flu shot each year, but when I get the flu, I tend to get really, really sick with it. The last time I got it was the last time I didn't get a flu shot. I was so sick that for a week, I pretty much slept constantly.
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Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
NiRo said...
Out of curiosity, is there any reason not to get flu shots if you have Ulcerative Colitis?

I decided to get the flu shot last year for the first time. Within a week I was experiencing the worst flare of my life. It may have been a coincidence, but I won't be queuing up for a shot this year to find out.
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.
Current Meds: Sulfasalazine & Folic Acid.
Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.
Other: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.

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   Posted 8/10/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Me and my daughter just got over the flu not that long ago. It was probably the Swine flu, because we both were in contact with friends who go it. We didn't get tested for it though, because we were visiting relatives in Lake Tahoe and were too exhausted to go to the doctor's. It's important to get plenty of rest with this flu, because the symptoms can get better and then get really bad again.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).

Jen O
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   Posted 8/10/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
One of our secretaries at work got H1N1 a couple of months back. She was pretty sick but she didn't know she had the flu until she was almost all better. Now whenever anyone calls to cancel their appointments, she says "oh no, not another Swine Flu patient!" :)

At first when she got it, I was worried but then I have been reading articles and seeing what a lot of people have already said in this thread, it's not that "bad" of a flu as they originally said. The media is blowing it out of proportion.

I do worry about people using too much Purell and other antibacterial cleaners. Someone else was right and we should worry a bit about MRSA.
Age 34, Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Current Meds:
Started Azathioprine 100 mgs 6/22/2009 and Apriso 4 tabs daily 6/11/2009
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Flaxseed Oil 2000 mg per day
Also tried: Remicade, Asacol, Rowasa, Cantasa, Prednisone 2 times for about 3 months each

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   Posted 8/10/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
NiRo said...
Out of curiosity, is there any reason not to get flu shots if you have Ulcerative Colitis?

Depends on which one you get. There are around 10 different varieties of shots you can get. Some are good, some are bad. Having an auto-immune disease, it's something you need to look into before making that decision. It's always flip of the coin in the end whether you will actually have immunity to the prevalent virus that is out there even if you do get the shot.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA

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   Posted 8/10/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Just a few statistics, I am a nurse and they have been prepping us for the next round of H1N1 in the fall.
The "standard" flu usually affects the young and the elderly, the average age for this flu is 17.
The hospitalization rate of the "standard" flu is 2%, the hospitalization rate for this flu in the spring was 7%. It is predicted that the H1N1 flu is going to be more prevalent increasing that number.
The good thing is that the diagnostic test for the H1N1 is now available in all states (no more send out tests) for quicker treatment and that there is a drug that is effective in treating the H1N1.

Age 34
Dx Ulcerative Proctitis July 2009
Gastritis March 2009
Gallbladder Removal December 2008
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Zofran as needed
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