Mouth and Teeth problems with Colitis

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   Posted 8/22/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
I have visited my doctor several times regarding my teeth and tongue.  I have noticed that every morning, since having UC, i have a thick creamy substance on my tongue and my teeth are becoming loose.  The substance on the tongue has a very bad odour and although the doc has given me a substance to rub on the affected area 4 times a day, it has not cleared up at all.
I am taking Sulphasalzine and calcium tablets but the tongue problems started before i was taking the medication, and shortly before i was diagnosed with UC.  
I also constantly feel full of wind and dont get any warning sometimes when i need to go to the toilet.  It is like a 100 yard dash sometimes.  Over the last few weeks i have begun to feel more and more exhausted and every joint in my body feels like that of an old woman. 
Do others have similar problems.  I was only diagnosed this year and find it very hard to understand how different my body feels.  It is as if it belongs to somebody else.

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   Posted 8/22/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
The coating on your tongue could be an oral overgrowth of candida, otherwise known as thrush. Overgrowth of candida throughout the digestive system is not uncommon with IBD. In a nutshell, good gut flora are killed off - usually by antibiotics - and candida and other bad bugs are allowed to take over. Fatigue is also a common symptom. Try taking this online quiz to help determine if candida is part of your problem:
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Possibly misdiagnosed
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps

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   Posted 8/24/2007 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been having very sensitive teeth with cold food/drink lately. I usually just attribute anything weird going on to the Prednisone. Anyone had this?
Dx Left-sided UC Dec. 2006
Azathioprine (Imuran) 125mg/day
Prednisone 15mg/day (trying to taper-started at 60 6/1)
Lialda 4/day

Old Hat
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   Posted 8/24/2007 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
For loosening of teeth you should get to a reliable dentist PRONTO! Try gargling with warm salt water several times daily 'til you get there, but do go. There is no other alternative!!!! In my dentist's words: "Be true to your teeth, or they'll be false to you." / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 X 3 Colazal daily for July flare in descending colon, which is responding)

schrek-chewbacca hunk
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   Posted 8/24/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I concur with Old Hat - take thee to a dentist
ASAP.  I did have a huge abbsess on my palette.  Very uncomfortable.
Good Luck and much love
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