colitis causing flu like symptoms

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   Posted 3/15/2011 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
hello i am recently diagnosed(October 2010) with moderate pan colitis. I am having what appears to be my second flair and recently i have been experiencing flu like symptoms, mainly neck joint pain. I am taking otc flu meds, but the symptoms seem to return if i quit using the otc meds. I do not want to make this post to long so my main question is will these symptoms eventually subside because it think these symptoms are a manifestation of the disease rather than the flu virus, any advice on how you may treat these symptoms besides using otc meds??? I have read that catching the flu can be a lot worse for uc patients.....

(refused using harsher drugs unless last resort)
only using asacol hd 1600mg 2x daily

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   Posted 3/15/2011 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
When I'm flaring I feel like I have the flu if it's really bad flare. I had h1n1 last year and it didn't effect my uc at all and seemed to last and be as bad as most everyone else.

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   Posted 3/15/2011 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
What oTC meds are you taking exactly?

You really should be using rectal 5ASA meds with the Asacol.

Where exactly is your or throughout?

Welcome to the forum.

*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 3/15/2011 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, thanks for welcoming me to the forum there is a lot of helpful information in here, as for quincy and your question my colitis showed mainly to be on the left side but shows some inflammation througout the transverse colon which is why my gi called it pancolitis(hope my medical explanation is accurate i am still trying to soak in the vast information available about uc)....I am taking tylenol cold and flu because at first i thought i was catching the flu but had no fever, just aches and pains and allergy type symptoms. I know we uc patients should avoid ovc anti inflammatories for aches and pains, thats about all they told me about as far as ovc meds for minor discomforts or colds. The asacol hd is seeming to calm the flare (blood and diaherrea) minimal now after two weeks but my immune system seems to be upset, these aches and stiffness which feel like i would guess, arthritis, are harder to deal with then the flare itself,,i will talk to my gi about the 5-asa enemas as you suggested, currently i am looking around for reputable gi's who have a more diverse approach to treating uc, my current gi is great, but only believes in strong drugs!

asacol hd 1200mg 2x daily
vsl#3 probiotics
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