1. I have a sneaking suspicion that my birth control is causing some inflammation. (This might entail more than one question lol.) I haven't had kids, can I still get an IUD? If so, what is the insertion/placement like? I read about
the cervix being dialated, that doesn't sound cool. And does anyone notice the string? Also, would the birth control shot be more or less systemic? Has anyone tried it? I'm not prepared to go off birth control or use the calander method (I forgot the name, I hope you get me).
Well, I am on the pill and don't seem to have any issues with it. Before I ever started the pill, though, it seemed like I'd have light diarrhea the day before and the day I started. I stopped having that problem when I started the pill. I had it again, to some degree, when I went off the pill prior to trying to get pregnant. You CAN be very accurate with charting (the best book that explains this is Taking Charge of Your Fertility)...it's a lot more than just the "calendar method." You have to track your temperature, cervical position, and cervical fluid. And you use condoms during your fertile period (but as I'm assuming you're not married, you should be using condoms all the time anyway!).
2. I know people sometimes flare after/during antibiotic use. Shortly before I started birth control, I was on an anti-fungal. Could that cause inflammation? I'm still curious even though I'm pretty sure my birth control is causing it (or maybe azathioprine is quitting on me, who knows).
3. I got a hemmie a couple weeks ago, and although it is much smaller and not painful anymore, I think I might give in soon and go get it checked out. What is removal like? Or what else might the doctor do?
If it's not causing problems, I wouldn't have it removed. Doing so can
open a big ole can of worms.
4. Can Rowasa cause hair loss?
I suppose it could, because I know it's a potential side effect for oral mesalamines. However, as so little of it is systemically absorbed, I'd be a little surprised if it is.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
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).