Dealing with very mild flare-up without going to the doctor?

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stephaleph
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   Posted 8/16/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having a very very mild flare up. I am only have a very little amount of blood only when I use the bathroom, and my stool is a little loose. I also have that have-to-go-now feeling, but only about once a day. Very little stomach pain, and not often. My appetite is only slightly repressed. No nausea or vomiting.

Because it's not really affecting my life that much, and I don't feel that bad, I really don't want to have to go to the doctor and go on a bunch of other meds. It's just a pain. I've been taking my daily two lialda religiously--is there anything I can do to deal with this at home?

This is my only problem with my UC since I was diagnosed 2 years ago, so I don't really know what to do. However, I DID just go off my 6mp, and I suppose that's what causing this flare-up. Do I need to ask my doctor if I should go back on it, or is my colon just getting used to the adjustments?

Thank you.

fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/16/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
You should probably go back on the 6MP. Or, you can up the Lialad (4 is the maximum daily dose I believe) AND add in a rectal med, like a mesalamine enema.
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).


songlady
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   Posted 8/16/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
When I'm at the pointing of weaning off a med my doctor is always good about just having me call in for a phone consult. You could also try taking a probiotic (I have a feeling I'm going to say that too often and make everyone grown - but it's been so helpful for me.)
Asacol - 16 pills a day
Metamucil - 2 doses
VSL#3, Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Canasa
Cortenemas (not for much longer I hope!)


songlady
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   Posted 8/16/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
When I'm at the pointing of weaning off a med my doctor is always good about just having me call in for a phone consult. You could also try taking a probiotic (I have a feeling I'm going to say that too often and make everyone grown - but it's been so helpful for me.)
Asacol - 16 pills a day
Metamucil - 2 doses
VSL#3, Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Canasa
Cortenemas (not for much longer I hope!)


Malkavian
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   Posted 8/16/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with fruitgirl. Try upping the lialda first though.

I've had a couple of minor flares before I was diagnosed that went away with patience and a low residue diet. I also took probiotics during most of these.
22, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (1200 mg 3x/day), Rowasa and Calcium/D supplements


subdued
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   Posted 8/17/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Having colitis is like having acne. The medicines don't cure the problem. They just reduce the inflammation. You are still flaring because the reason for your inflammation is still there--some form of inbalance in the body with a probable predisposition to the disease or some kind of external element (e.g. germs) that has gotten into the body (for those who have colitis and not UC). Try probiotics and keeping a food diary. There is a lot of information on this forum about diet that you can look into.
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).

Post Edited (subdued) : 8/17/2009 10:58:35 AM (GMT-6)


jujub
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   Posted 8/17/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   

It's your body and your decision. Just be aware that "mild" flares usually become "major" flares without prompt treatment. And they can become more and more difficult to stop as time passes.

If you're willing to take the risk that you will not be able to get into remission again after it gets out of control, then perhaps it's worth it to you. No one can tell you which is the most important to you as an individual.


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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
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Peety
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   Posted 8/17/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
After all these years, I was usually able to get meds prescribed by my doctor to treat a flare without having an appointment (prednisone or Rowasa or more Asacol).
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


AmyWaffle
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   Posted 8/17/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you trying to avoid taking 6MP and going to the doctor for financial reasons? Just wondering because that might change the direction of some of the advice on here.

Also, my experience, like others have mentioned, is that minor becomes major FAST. That's why I make a GI appointment at the drop of a hat these days.
UC since 1996 (age 20)
Mommy of 2 sweet little girls.

Asacol (12/day)
Azathioprine (175 mg)
Prednisone (currently 80 mg)
Rowasa nightly
Immodium daily
First Remicade 6/22/09 [discontinued 8/12/09, not helping]


Deacon Blues
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   Posted 8/17/2009 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always just dealt with it...but this may not be the best advice
Diagnosed with UC in Dec of 1999
Some left sided scarring from previous disease process
3 Asacol twice daily
Mild flares a couple times a year
45 yrs old
I HATE UC!


Howright
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   Posted 8/19/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Give Metamucil a try if you haven't already.  I had similar syptoms (without the blood) a month or so ago and decided to give it a try and it's work wonders for me.  It took about 2 weeks to really start working but it has helped get rid of the liquid and soften what was there. 

I also upped my dose of Asacol for for a week or just to give me an extra boost.  If that doesn't work, give you Dr a call.  Mine is always good about giving me anything I need with just a quick phone call. 


 
Diagnosed January 07 - but realize I've been living with minor flare-ups for 10+ years. 
 
Asacol 3 pills/3 times a day.
 

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