Qs about blood, weight loss and vitamins?

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
How much blood is too much during flare up?
Just blood and feel buring after bowl movement (no other symptoms), is this also flare up?
I lost weight 25Ibs, in last 3 months (not sure if this is due to selective and light diet or due to UC/blood)? Did anyone face wt. loss issue?
I noticed many on this forum are talking vitamins & fish oil. Did your dr. recommended it or you just picked from pharmacy. My dr. did not recommended any vitamins?

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   Posted 10/8/2007 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Any kind of bleeding should be brought up to the GI because bleeding is not acceptable mainly because long term blood loss can lead to anemia. Not to mention discomfort. And yes, if you are seeing blood then you are flaring.

I have a really hard time keeping weight on even while in remission. I eat many small meals thru out the day to maintain my weight but no matter what I eat, I can't seem to gain any. Many of us on here lose weight especially while we are flaring. It could be the light diet we eat to just not having an appetite. I'm 5'6" and one time I sunk as low as 107lbs and I looked like a skeleton but I have worked (and ate) really hard where now I fluctuate between 120-125lbs. I definately feel better at this weight!

My doc never mentioned any supplements nor did I ask really. Everything I learned to take I learned from many on here. I take a multivitamin designed for Ibd'ers (Forvia) and it has been the best thing for me because I have tried various vitamins in the past and never got the desired results that I have with this one.
Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal, Canasa, 6mp, Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia
Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia - '06 
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/9/2007 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Weight loss is common and is usually caused by a combination of factors: loss of appetite, inability to properly digest and absorb what is eaten, increased gut motility (diarrhea) moves contents through so fast, absorption is inhibited. Reducing bleeding and inflammation through a combination of meds and natural supplements will help heal the digestive tract and allow for better nutrient absorption. You may also want to consider enteral nutrition, predigested shakes designed specifically for IBDers. Check out Absorb Plus: http://www.holistichealthshoppe.com/#6

Most gastos don't talk to you about vitamin supplementation to combat nutritional deficiencies; neither do they usually mention any kind of natural healing approaches like omega-3 supplementation to reduce inflammation. You have to get out there and do your own research on dietary and alternative healing methods. There are alot of great books available. A few I'd recommend are Optimal Digestion, The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut, Listen to Your Gut, The IBD Remission Diet and Breaking the Vicious Cycle.

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
C-scope confirmed UC diagnosis 9/18/2007
No explanation for right side pain and thickening of bowel wall
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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   Posted 10/9/2007 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
GI has me on 500mg of Calcium + Vit D (you need the Vit D to absorb the calcium) 2xday since the Asacol. Other than that, what I have learned here and what my other doc's tell me to take, i.e. multi vit, + additonal folic acid.

Yes, blood only is a flare....I'm right there with ya!
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Hydrocortisone enemas 1xday
Lialda 2.4mg 1xday since 8/24/07 ;prev. Asacol 4800mg day,Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 80mg 1xday. Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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