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birdiem
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   Posted 9/23/2007 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
doc recommends the e.r. about to leave will keep you posted
katie
22
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery

VSL #3
Amitriptyline to slow gastric emptying
Forvia


kb5
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   Posted 9/24/2007 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck! I hope that they are able to help you. Keep us updated when you can.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, down to 15 mg pred.
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---fingers crossed!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea


BigLucy
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   Posted 9/24/2007 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Wanted to leave you this message in case you come back frustrated. Years ago, I went to the ER two different times in a year when I was in terrible pain and had diarrhea for about 15 hrs (always happens on a Sunday night for some reason). I soon learned ER MD's have very little/no knowledge of UC and don't know what to do about it, except give you a pain shot. It amazes me that they don't consult w/GI MD while your in the ER. Now, I've learned what meds to up and consult with my GI or their partner first chance I get. Hopefully, it wasn't your GI that told you to go to the ER. Last year during a very bad flare, my GI told me to come in to see her immediately, examined me and she hospitalized me, I'm not sure a ER MD would know when hospitalization is necessary.
Dx Ulcerative Colitis 1999; IBS; CP: Asacol x3 x3/day, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Prilosec, Bentyl, Prozac, Endocet (as needed), multi vit, probiotic, fish oil caps x2/day, calcium 1200 mg./day, Prednisone (off/on, unfortunately).


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   Posted 9/24/2007 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
This information will be a little late for you but when my husband was flaring so badly and in so much pain I had enough. I put a call into the answering service and his Dr called back within an hour. I explained what had been going on for the past week and she agreed about taking him to the ER. This was a Saturday night the day before Mothers Day. I indicated to her that I would bring with me a complete up to date typed listing of meds, a synopsis of what has been going on for the past year BUT I wanted to go in there with a plan and recommendation from her for the ER doctor. I didn't want them fumbling around trying to decide what to do actually.

I brought that with me....when the ER Dr came in I politely asked if he would read the synopsis which gave him an overview, this channeled his thought processes and when he proceeded to ask 20 questions he wasn't on a fishing expedition and my husband who could barely focus and answer coherently due to his pain it made it a heck of alot easier for him to respond to pertinent questions. The Dr was actually pleased and thanked me. Not to mention typical ER - very hectic and could use another doctor on duty at the time as the hours passed.

Also I had supplied his current GI Dr's name and tel # (she also has privileges at this hospital and goes there regularly) and in red I typed what she would like for the ER to do. This was done and it was also decided to admit him. about 6-7 hrs later a fellow doctor from our GI practice came in to see him and go over everything that was done up to that point and make further recommendations.

As a side humorous note....when I was talking with his Dr the night before she stressed to bring him to the hospital either very late that night or very early the next morning (before the little old ladies get out of church and want to go to the ER because they're not feeling well). We got there at 7:15am and triage nurse 10 mins later and in an ER bed at 7:45am....good thing as he could have never sat in an ER waiting room for hours which is the norm in alot of cases.

I understand sometimes it is a good idea to call ahead to just see what the wait is like - if you're suffering really badly and can't sit for any length of time it may be better to wait at home and go when things let up and your wait time is less.

(Unfortunately too many people - especially down here - with the amount of "snowbirds" the ER is used in lieu of people going to a doctor for things that are typically not ER which causes such a delay for people who are really suffering.)

I truly hope Katie something can be done to help to give you some quick relief.

60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  July 07 good days & bad days 75mg Imuran 40  mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg


Sara14
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   Posted 9/24/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope everything goes okay and you start feeling better soon. Keep us posted.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin


tjf
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   Posted 9/24/2007 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Let us know how you are doing when you can!!
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potty girl
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   Posted 9/24/2007 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
good luck
Rona

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nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,
potassium.


dakotagirl
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   Posted 9/24/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Sending positive and healing vibes your way!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
 
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa and Canasa as needed
Aciphex, Effexor XR, BCP, Rhinocort nasal spray
Culturelle, Biotin, Folic Acid, Forvia, Calcium, and B12
 
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
 
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jano437
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   Posted 9/24/2007 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Let us know how you made out at the ER
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
GNC Probiotic
Forvia
calcium 
Currently in Remission


birdiem
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   Posted 9/24/2007 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
hey guys,
thank you so much for the support, i can't tell you how much your thoughts mean to me--especially after waiting three and a half hours n the e.r. anyway, they did some xrays and a cat scan. (my doctor wanted me to go to the e.r. right away because she was worried about fluid loss). basically they told me i have gastritis (which was really just putting a name to my symptoms). anyway between my colon and my inflamed stomach i am one internally puffy lady. they gave me more compazine and some vicoden for the pain...who knows....? anyway have a similar diagnosis??
katie
22
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery

VSL #3
Amitriptyline to slow gastric emptying
Forvia


dakotagirl
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   Posted 9/24/2007 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had gastritis in the past - not fun :( Basically, inflammation of the lining of the stomach. I find that gastritis and my GERD are not good pals. One of them usually tries to make me miserable. Not sure what causes gastritis - one GI told me that taking pills on an empty stomach can do that. That was in May 05 - since then, so pills without food - but still have symptoms. I guess it's time to do more research - when I get some time to just rest!

Hope you're feeling better!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
 
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa and Canasa as needed
Aciphex, Effexor XR, BCP, Rhinocort nasal spray
Culturelle, Biotin, Folic Acid, Forvia, Calcium, and B12
 
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
 
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jano437
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   Posted 9/24/2007 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope yu feel better soon.

Janice
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
GNC Probiotic
Forvia
calcium 
Currently in Remission


Sara14
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   Posted 9/24/2007 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow. Is gastritis something that you can treat and get rid of or will you have it forever? Are you feeling any better tonight? Is the vicodin helping? That sucks you had to wait in the ER for 3 1/2 hours, but it is probably good that you went. I've definitely been at the point where I was lying on the bathroom floor in pain from the UC but I can't imagine throwing up at the same time. Hope you feel better soon.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin


birdiem
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   Posted 9/24/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm not sure if it is possible to get "rid" of it or not--i was pretty morphined out when they explained it to me. from the limited online research that i have done--it seems like a lot like UC, the mucus membranes get messed up and inflamed. i think there are cartain things that would help ease it, but i don't think it is every really goes away. if someone has a better understanding of this, i would love to hear them..between the D and the vomiting, i meed all the help i can get...
katie
22
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery

VSL #3
Amitriptyline to slow gastric emptying
Forvia

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