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   Posted 10/3/2007 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah... so... anyone get this from "going" too much?
What do you do about it??  I cringe even thinking about wiping... uch.
I just took a warm bath and that helped some.   

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   Posted 10/3/2007 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe use baby wipes instead of toilet paper?
Proctitis - diagnosed April 2007 (symptoms starting in October 2006)

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   Posted 10/3/2007 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
A couple of years ago a friend indtroduced me to Boudreaux's Butt Paste--she had a baby, you can find in in the diaper isle. Works for me (not completely, but enough). Oh yeah, I second the wet (baby) wipes.

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   Posted 10/3/2007 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have fissures (feels like pooping razor blades)? You can get numbing gel for this, bath with epsome salts (won't sting so don't worry) it'll help heal them, and after baths gently rub extra virgine olive oil on the area, it's a natural antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory.

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

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   Posted 10/4/2007 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I buy whatever expensive tp I want and that helps, but when I got C Diff and had D for a couple weeks it was really painful so I used ....I think it's called A and D ointment. It's for babies so they don't get diaper rash I think. Anyway, it seems to protect me down there from the acidity of the D I think and it helped a lot.
Hope you feel better!
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   Posted 10/4/2007 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't know what country you are from but it is not recommended to get a partial colectomy (only removing the bad part) for treatment of UC. The disease will just flare up in the remaining "good" part of the colon and you will continue to be ill. The standard treatment is a total removal of the colon and rectum

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 10/4/2007 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Chloe - I agree with the wet wipes suggestion. I use them pretty often. I also started buying the softest toilet paper I can find. I use the A & D ointment as well when my anus is really can find it in the baby product aisle. I think it's usually used mostly for diaper rash but it was suggested to me by a nurse and it eases the pain pretty well. She also suggested filling a spray bottle w/water and spraying your butt, then patting dry with toilet paper.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
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   Posted 10/4/2007 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
The A&D ointment is a lifesaver!!! I've also used the zinc baby stuff - think Desitin. Problem was that stuff was scented - yuck! Aveno has a zinc one that isn't scented. I usually used the A&D at night and by morning my bum was feeling better. Three or four days of use usually cleared things up. But it's now a staple in my bathroom!
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   Posted 10/4/2007 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the tips!
I actually HAD some Desitin from from my kids diaper days... it was hidden in the back of a drawer!
I'll get some A&D next time I'm at the store though... and some softer TP.

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   Posted 10/7/2007 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
definitely warm baths to relax and soothe the area - flushable wipes instead of toilet paper - pat dry don't rub. Plain zinc oxide with q-tip a little inserted about 1/2" and with a cotton ball rolled in between your fingers apply a little to the outside. This was a recent recommendation from a colorectal surgeon on Friday.

Also my husband has a jelly listed in our signature line that really helped to calm things down and he uses that occasionally.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran 15 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X 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)Cortifoam enemas AM & PM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month

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   Posted 10/14/2007 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
  I wipe with a store brand version of Tucks Pads, which is basically wipes that are sitting in a little container soaking in Witch Hazel.

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   Posted 10/15/2007 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
All the abouve suggestions seem pretty good.  I use Tucks and Bag Balm that has a mild pain reliever in it) but like a lot of stuff it might sting for the first minute if your skin is open and bleeding.  Also, Buodreau's Butt Paste is fabulous.  I used to be a home care nurse and several of my patients with MS used it to keep bed sore under control and I used it on my Dad sacrum when he had prolonged bedrest after open heart surgery.

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