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LondonRed
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 8/17/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Looks like that I am about to have my annual summer flare up, I have had one every year about this time since I got it in 2007. I went to the loo with slight urgency 3 hours ago and it was fine, went again just now and there was some blood at the end of the bowel movement. This is how it usually starts for me. I feel well but have been stressed lately alot with some family health problems. There is a massive link between flare ups and stress/anxiety for me.
 
My question today is, shall I just up my meds from 2g of Pentasa a day to now include 1g of suppositories? Or shall I go the route I went last summer and start on the Asacol Foam Enemas which worked within 2 weeks? I have never had or needed to take Steroids so would prefer to stay off them for now.
 
Any advice? Or shall I visit the GI at this ealy stage?

Diagnosis Oct 07: Mild Crohn's Colitis. Also suffer from bleeding Peptic Ulcers. By the grace of God currently in remission. Current Medication: 1000mg Pentasa Tablets x 2 a day. VSL#3. Asacol Suppository at night.


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30591
   Posted 8/17/2009 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
absolutely start the asacol foam if you have it....and if there's no improvement after a week, add the suppositories in the morning.

You had commented not that long ago about some symptoms that may have been an early flare...but it seems this is more of a clincher and if you're assuming it's a flare, it probably is because of the consistency.

Are any of your symptoms diarrhea?

Yeah, stress of the "distressed" seems to have a hand in my flares as well.

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 !!!
 


LondonRed
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 8/17/2009 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI's telephone support team just told me to add suppositories for 2 weeks. They said it may be red food or a mini flare from stress. I am not having urgency or diarrhoea. Just some soft stool.

Diagnosis Oct 07: Mild Crohn's Colitis. Also suffer from bleeding Peptic Ulcers. By the grace of God currently in remission. Current Medication: 1000mg Pentasa Tablets x 2 a day. VSL#3. Asacol Suppository at night.


jewelknit
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 8/17/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Call and/or visit your GI.  That's why you have them.
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