What's better pre-surgery - flare or smoking?

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SDM
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   Posted 10/18/2007 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I am scheduled for a hysterectomy on December 14.  I decided to quit smoking this week in preparation for my surgery and recovery but I am starting to flare worse today (most likely due to quitting) and now I don't know what to do. I was just nicely getting my August flare under control the last week or so.  I am using the nicotine patch to help me quit but I don't think they are having the same impact on my UC as actually smoking cigarettes did.  

I wanted to quit smoking so my body would be as healthy as possible going into the surgery but now I don't know which is harder on my system: smoking before surgery and during my recovery or a 2 month flare prior to surgery.  I could use some help with this one.  confused
Sandra, age 34
 
Diagnosed December 2006 with UC (proctitis)
Currently in flare since Aug'07
Asacol (800mg x 2) increased to 800mg x 3 due to current flare
Salofalk suppositories as needed
Multivitamin
Vitamins E, C, B complex, magnesium
Omega 3/6 supplements (500mg x 2)
Probiotics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


UCreallySUCKS
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 10/18/2007 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
That's a tough one.  Of course quitting smoking is the healthiest thing to do, but if it puts you into a bad flare, it may not be the best time.  If I were in your position, I would ask my gastroenterologist his opinion of it.  I have a feeling he wouldn't want me flaring for surgery, but each of our situations are unique.

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC
Currently in mild/moderate flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day
20 mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


SDM
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 62
   Posted 10/18/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
That's a good idea. It is worth a shot to hear what my GI doc says. The part that really frustrates me is the tunnel vision I find many doctors (particularly specialists) have. Of course the doctor doing my surgery (gynaecologist) says the answer is to just quit smoking because that's always a good thing to do and especially before major surgery. But he does not have UC and I don't feel he really understands how unhealthy I could be at the time of surgery if I spend the next 2 months in a major flare. I lost 10 extra pounds I didn't have to begin with in August and can't afford to lose any more.
Sandra, age 34
 
Diagnosed December 2006 with UC (proctitis)
Currently in flare since Aug'07
Asacol (800mg x 2) increased to 800mg x 3 due to current flare
Salofalk suppositories as needed
Multivitamin
Vitamins E, C, B complex, magnesium
Omega 3/6 supplements (500mg x 2)
Probiotics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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