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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 8/19/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All.  My name is Heather and I'm pretty new to all of this.  I started having diarrhea memorial day weekend....thought I just had food poisioning and read somewhere online that it could last up to a month.  Then, I started to get really bad fevers in week #2 and went to the doctor.  He did all sorts of tests and everything came back negative.  He just told me to eat a bland diet and see how it goes.  Then I couldn't keep anything down in week #3 and finally I passed A LOT of blood in my BM.  So, off to the hospital I went.  They put me on Cipryl and Flagyll (not sure if I spelled those right) and I was getting better.  They did a sigmoid scope on me the third day I was there.  The GI doctor kept saying it was an infection, and the infectious disease doctor kept saying it was colitus.  So, after 8 days in the hospital, my BMs weren't formed yet, but they were better then what they were when I came in, I felt a ton better, and they still had no idea what happened to me....and they sent me home.  Three weeks later, I was still in the same state I was when I came home from the hospital.  I called the GI doctor up and he put me on asacol right away and I felt a lot better.  I had a colonoscopy done but he couldn't do a whole one because my intestines were so inflammed.  I came in for my results and he told me I probably had ulcerative colitus, but he STILL wasn't positive I didn't have crohns. SO, I get to have another colonscopy once my intestines are better.   Ever since I've been reading books about UC from the local library and researching things online.   And thats my story :)  I look foward to talking to everyone and learning as much as I can!

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis: August 7, 2007 at age 24
Meds so far: Asacol 3 pills 3 times a day
                 Mesalamine Enemas every night

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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 3238
   Posted 8/19/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey! Just wanted to say welcome and we are glad to have you here!!!

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day (attempting to cut this down to 6 by slowly tapering), acidopholis pearls, just added Prilosec OTC

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Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23551
   Posted 8/19/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to Healingwell. Definately learn everything you can about Uc because as we like to say around here - knowledge is power. Once you understand your disease and get it under control, the less scarier it will be. If you should have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Left sided Uc since '92 - meds - Colazal, Canasa (when needed), 6MP (50-75mgs), Forvia, Biotin (IN REMISSION - sort of!)
Secondary Raynauds Syndrome '04  - meds - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia '06 - no meds
Severe seasonal allergies - meds - Allegra 
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Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 97
   Posted 8/19/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Heather.....Just wanted to say hi.  I too am new to all this, I was just diagnosed Aug 14/07.  But I am learning a lot from all these great people.  They are all great and you can ask ANYTHING you want. 

Hang in there.
Just diagnosed Aug. 14/07
Asacol 2 x 4

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30829
   Posted 8/19/2007 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Heather .... welcome to the forum!

It's great to hear the doc has you on both oral and rectal 5ASA meds. It takes time for them to start doing their stuff...so, patience is a must with them.

Just to let you know that you should taper the rectal meds and not go off them cold turkey, for when the time comes.
They can be tapered to find a maintenance dosage rather than the goal of being off them.

*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 8/20/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
welcome to the site! this place is great for people with uc-you'll get so much support and information from the community. it has been a real lifeline for me and i'm sure it will be for you, as well. best of luck to you.
-currently having a flare
-prednisone (tapering), rowasa enema, Lialda (4 pills 1 time a day), canasa, probiotic, multivitamin, calcium with vitamin d, iron

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2148
   Posted 8/20/2007 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Heather,

I was 24 too when I was dx'd and I am lucky that I have been responding really well to meds. My best adivce, take your meds, even if you feel ok! I flare when I don't take them like I am supposed to.

Sorry to hear you had to go through all that! I had to convince my primary care it was not Olestra from Wow chips that was doing that to me. Now I have an awesome primary care and GI

Beth, 31
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Asacol 400 mg 6 pills 2xday
Calcium and Vitamin D 600 mg 2xday
Lipitor 10 mg 1xday
Diovan 80mg 1xday (dx: hematuria w/proteinuria): I have normal blood pressure, this is for my kidney.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 52
   Posted 8/20/2007 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I'm new here too, had my first bout of trouble when I was 26, then a huge gap 'til now without any bother. Current problem ongoing since April

Good luck!
Current meds

Prednisolone 30mg daily (stopped, didn't work, side effects worse than bowel symptoms)
Omeprazole 20mg daily (don't need now off Pred)
Fish Oil 1000mg
Asacol MR 400mg x2 3times/day
Aloe Vera
Multi Vit

Diagnosed '96 ?colitis?crohns (biopsies inconclusive)
Remission for 11yrs, no meds
Current flare since April 07, awaiting scope

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