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Annie76
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   Posted 9/7/2007 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
This may be a dumb question but I was pregnant with my son when I was diagnosed with UC.  Is he at a higher risk for developing this disease because of this?  Also, does anyone else worry that their UC symptoms might be masking other health problems?  For instance, my back is hurting and I just think it is because I am in a flare but what if it is something else and I do nothing because I think it is just the UC?  I must have too much time on my hands that I am thinking too much. :-)
left-sided colitis diagnosed after 3rd pregnancy 11 years ago: was in remission for 5 years
Current UC Meds:  12 Asacol per day
                          1 Rowasa enema at night
 
Other Meds:  Lipitor, Multi-vitamin, asadophilus, cinnamon capsules
 
In a flare since the middle of April


Red_34
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   Posted 9/7/2007 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Some thinking can be a good thing - it means you are being proactive to your own health care. Too much thinking however can make you a nervous wreck! :) Yeah, I speak from experience lol.

Yes there is a chance your son can get Uc. I forget what the percentages are but it's not very high. I worry about my daughter especially more so then my son. She has already shown some signs of gut troubles but luckily (for now) it's sporadic. I had it drilled in my kids head as soon as they could understand that if they ever have days of D and/or bleeding to let me know ASAP. It's a scary thought that any child (or your own child) can get this.

I sometimes wonder about my various aches and pains too but I also chalk them up to my Uc. Now that I've had this for a while, I can tell the difference between what is normal for me and what isn't. The tricky part is trying to get a doctor to think outside the box as well.
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expecting226
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   Posted 9/7/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I am currently pregnant with our first child and was diagnosed with UC in 2001. We did the genetic research before trying to conceive and were told by a geneticist at the Cleveland Clinic that the chance of passing down the disease is 5%. I hope that makes you feel better!

Annie76
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   Posted 9/7/2007 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the perspective Red_34. It sure helps to share thoughts and know you won't get shot down for thinking them.

Wow, expecting226! I don't think I would have even thought to have genetic testing done. You will be a great mom. Thanks for the encouragement.
left-sided colitis diagnosed after 3rd pregnancy 11 years ago: was in remission for 5 years
Current UC Meds:  12 Asacol per day
                          1 Rowasa enema at night
 
Other Meds:  Lipitor, Multi-vitamin, asadophilus, cinnamon capsules
 
In a flare since the middle of April


princesa
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   Posted 9/7/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Annie76 said...
For instance, my back is hurting and I just think it is because I am in a flare but what if it is something else and I do nothing because I think it is just the UC? 
If it's lower back pain, chances are it is related to your UC. I had a chiropractor tell me inflammation in the gut/pelvic area can spread to affect the SI joints in the lower spine.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Possibly misdiagnosed
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 9/7/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Regardless of you getting while pregnant (which really sucks and I'm sorry about that because pregnancy should be a wonderful experiance) but yes, there is a -10 to -15 fold increased risk if one parent has IBD their offspring may get it...I didn't get sick with my crohns until my first born was already over a yr old, so don't feel guilty about it or anything, it was out of your control.

:)
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UCinGV
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   Posted 9/7/2007 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
My mother has UC, and so do I. But, after asking around and reading about it, it's not a very high correlation. I did a poll on this forum and found that most people with UC didn't know anyone else in their family that had it.
12 Asacol
100 mg Imuran
6 or 9 fish oil pills
4 Acidophilus pills
4 Caprylic Acid pills


Sandi.S
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 25
   Posted 9/12/2007 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
My sister has it and possibly an aunt and a female cousin
40 years young
Ulcerative Proctitis (first 25cms) diagnosed in Aug 2005
Currently on 40mgs prednisone daily
 


Beth75
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   Posted 9/13/2007 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
My mother had UC (has a colostomy) she had my brother when she was 18 and I do not belive she had active UC at that time, he is now 42 and does not have UC. My mother had me when she was 28 and was flaring while pg w/me and I was dx'd with mild UC in 2000 when I was 24 (hers was severe, mine is not even close to being as bad as hers). She had my sister when she was 33 and was even more sick w/her than with me, my sister is now 26 and does not have UC.

I am 1 of 3 and do have it but it is milder than hers. Also, I worry about passing that down to my children. Hopefully my future children will get my husband's colon.
Beth, 31
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Lialda 2.4mg 1xday since 8/24/07 (prev. Asacol 4800mg day),Calcium and Vit D 500mg 2xday.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20 mg 1xday
Diovan 80mg 1xday. Fosomax 1xweek 70mg. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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