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carm
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/20/2007 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello to everyone, I am new to the site. I was diagnosed 10 years ago and did fairly well for 8 years. Taking small doses of Prenisone and going back into remission, Not so for the last 18 months. I was on 60 mg of Prenisone and became steroid dependent. while tapering me off I started Remicade and did well for 6 months after a hospital visit. I took an antibodic and came out of remission quickly unable to get back in. I am also allergic to all sulfa drugs even rectally. I had a terrible reaction to my last dose of Remicade and it did't work. So disgusted today after 18 bathroom visits. I am currently onno meds. May start Humera.  Any ideas..............Carmel

dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/20/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Carmel - welcome to HealingWell! Sorry you had to find us, but glad you did :)

So, let me get this right - no 5ASAs at all for you. Remicade is out. Did you try 6MP or Imuran? What about steroid enemas?

Since it looks like an antibiotic has caused your issues this time, have you considered a probiotic? Many of us use them to repopulate the good flora in our guts. Antibiotics kill them of which can cause the dreaded D!

Any fiber supplements?

I hope something works for you soon!
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
Forvia and a Probiotic
 
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
 
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kim123
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   Posted 10/20/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   

I agree with dakotagirl, that you probably have a fungal/yeast overgrowth, especially since you took antibiotics and steroids. Along with the probiotics, which I also highly recommend, you will need to starve the fungus/yeast. Experiment, and stop eating processed sugar, yeast and all grains(including corn) for awhile, since these are what feeds the fungus. Aim for lower carb foods. If you notice an improvement over 2 weeks, then you will have diagnosed your problem :) I noticed an improvement within days. Good luck........


carm
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   Posted 10/23/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank You Kim123 and DaKotagirl for responding to me. I wll try the dietary suggestions. I have never been on Imuran OR 6 mp. What about the hair loss from Imuran? I am currently trying the steroid  foam because I can't hold the enema.I never heard of fiber with UC please tell me more. I do take an over the counter Acidolphis. Is that enough? I will try anything. Thanks for listening.     Carmel

Beth75
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   Posted 10/23/2007 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carmel,

I can't take the sulfa drugs anymore either. I stopped them cold turkey and went into my worst flare ever (started last month). After 1.5 mos on predinsone and 3 weeks on hydrocortisone enemas, I have gone from 20-30 times a day down to 5 to 10 times a day, still not good but much more manageable. At first I had to do the hydrocortisone enema's during the day b/c nights were much worse for me and I could hold them in for at least a couple of hours, now I can hold them in at night for about 6 hours. Maybe after being on the foam for a while you will be able to hold the regular ones???

I just started Imuran a week ago and have remicade tests pending. I am so sorry you are going through all this, I know how terrible it is to not be able to take the sulfa drugs when they worked and worked well. Imuran can take a few months to work though, which is why I may go to remicade.

What happened to you, that you could not take the sulfasalazine? For me it is believed to have cause my kidney disease.

I don't know about hair loss, but I am scared.........It's only been a week for me.
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Imuran 100mg 1xday;Remicade tests pending;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.


dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/23/2007 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Carm - I found the hair loss on Imuran to be pretty minor, especially when compared to the hair loss I had on prednisone. Usually, once your body adjusts to the Imuran, the hair loss stops and the hairs grow back :)

I take Fibercon to help keep things more bulked and regular. I've also used the Benefiber caplets. However, when flaring with blood, I make sure I'm eating low residue foods and make sure my fiber is soluble - not the "scratchy" insoluble stuff.

I like to switch my probiotics every few months. Usually because I've heard of a new and possible better one than the one I've been taking. I also think that many of them have different flora in them - so maybe change is good for my guts??? The ones I've used have more than acidophilus in them. The one I'm using now is a Jarrow EPS formula. Several people recently have had luck with Pro-Bio. I've used Culturelle and the GNC brand in the past. I've been trying different ones to increase the CFU counts.

Are you feeling any better recently?
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
Forvia and a Probiotic
 
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
 
Co-Mod for the UC forum
Keep HealingWell running smoothly:  www.healingwell.com/donate

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