Having urgencies all the time

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The Colite Kid
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   Posted 8/22/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read on hear how some people are constipated and do not have a bm for days and then people like me who have to go all the time. I usaully have anywhere from 10-12 bms a day ranging from hardly nothing, diarehha, mucas, a little blood, and formed stool.
Here's my situation I'm currently taking 2 Asacol 3x daily and Rowasa or generic type Teva or Tena when needed. My million dollar question is how do I slow my bms down? If I could get down to 4 a day or lower I would be estatic. I've read on here about Immodium or Pepto Bismol, so if anyone out there can help me out w/ any info I sure would be appreciative. When I stress over things I have to all the time and sometimes I haven't even finished swallowing my food and I have to go. I think a part of my problem is mental. It has gotten in my head and I have to figure a way to beat it.  I know I've rambled some but thanks in advance for reading and replying to my post.
The Colite Kid  34 yr. old diagnosed in 1998

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   Posted 8/22/2007 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd save OTC meds for emergency situations, like when you have to travel or sit in a long meeting. I would not use these on a regular basis.

L-glutamine is highly recommended to heal the gut and help control D and/or cut the number of bathroom trips.

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Possibly misdiagnosed
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps

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   Posted 8/22/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Why don't you discuss increasing your Asacol dosage with your doctor. It seems like you're on a pretty low dosage. The maximum dosage is 12 pills/day (which I'm on, plus enemas). There are other meds out there to help control your symptoms if the 5-ASA ones don't help. Hope you start feeling better soon.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007

Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - 1 every few nights
Ultimate Flora probiotic (50 bil. cultures) 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Stonyfield Farms yogurt

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   Posted 8/23/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   

It may take Asacol some time to be effective, and you may find that it doesn't help and will have to try other drugs.  But for now, try Pepto Bismal.  I was just at the Cleveland Clinic this Tues., it's the #2 hospital in the country for IBD.  Dr. Bret Lashner suggested Pepto Bismal as one of the easiest things to control a flare-up and urgency problems.  Your stool will be black, but he said it's perfectly safe to use a few times daily, even on a long-term basis.  So if you want some semblance of your old life back and not constantly have UC on your mind, give it a try for a few days.  Good luck and hope you get relief!

:-)   :-) :-)

- 45 year old; female
- diagnosed with UC in Sept 1991
- appendectomy and 7 years remission
- almost constant flare-ups in past 5 years
- currently on 9 mg Entocort, fish oil--feeling good!
- Lialda started 8/21, 2 pills per day

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   Posted 8/23/2007 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I concur with the medication posting. You should go back to your MD to review your meds. Your dosage of Asacol is very low, and does not seem to be helping the UC symptoms. I would think that it needs to be increased to see if there is any response, and then other meds can be looked at if the Asacol is not effective. Good luck.

UC diagnosed 2003
Asacol 9 tablets daily
Canasa PRN
Prednisone- 30 mg as of 6/8/07, Increased to 50mg 6/18/07, 40mg and holding!
Lialda 4 tablets daily
Multi vitamins
As of 8/3/07-  Azathioprine 50mg
1st Remicade Infusion, 8/17/07. #2 scheduled 8/31/07

The Colite Kid
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   Posted 8/23/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. Much obliged.

The Colite Kid
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   Posted 8/23/2007 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. Much obliged.

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   Posted 8/24/2007 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Here's some suggestions....rectal meds, stool bulker (fibre tabs) and probiotics....and diet, avoid processed foods/beverages, processed sugar, caffeine, animal fat, fast-foods, soda ect.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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