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   Posted 10/29/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
when we cramp, what does that indicate?

does it indicate:
some food isn't agreeing with us?
inflammation is flaring up?

Does anyone really know? I'd like to know what ya'll think.........
Prednisone 10mg (1.5) tabs twice per day= 30mg per day

Asacol 400mg (3) tabs twice per day= 2400mg per day

started both meds on Thursday 10-4-2007

10-22-07- coming out of about an 8 week flare (my first one ever)

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   Posted 10/29/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe it might be food not agreeing with us.  I was and still am getting severe back pain and didn't know why.  So I talked to my GI doctor and she told me it was due to cramping.  From what, I'm really not sure.  But I notice that when I eat certain things the back pain comes back and then slowly disappears. 

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   Posted 10/29/2007 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are talking about cramping in the legs or fingers, it is very common with prednisone. I was getting it a lot with the meds. I could indicate a potassium deficiency. A couple of banana's helped me a lot. I would review it with your doctor, though, since prednisone is only one possible cause.

UC diagnosed 2004

Asacol 9 tablets daily

Canasa PRN/ Currently 1x in evening

Prednisone- 30 mg as of 6/8/07, Increased to 50mg 6/18/07, 5mg as of 10/29/07

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   Posted 10/29/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to have painful cramps in, what felt like, my colon. I assumed it was spasming or something from the inflammation/ulcerations

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   Posted 10/29/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Abdominal pain is part of dealing with IBD (even IBS), it could be food making the pain worse, but you can likely still get pain even when there's not much food in's just part of the nature of the beast of having bowel issues.

For women abdominal pain can be caused by many things since our reproductive system is in the same area basically as our digestive system (large and small bowels)...everything's squished pretty close to each other, so that doesn't help either, having pains from mentration can cause added pains from the bowel area too.

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

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   Posted 10/29/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
How about "all of the above?" It could be any of the things you mentioned. It could also be intestinal spasms.
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
Therapeutic 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 10/29/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
probably all of the above, but not all of the time....where exactly in the abdomen are you feeling the cramping? Spasming of an inflamed gut with or without's how the gut reacts to inflammation. It's not functioning correctly.

You could ask your doc for a script of dicyclomine (antispasmodic/smooth muscle relaxant). 10mg is a good starting dosage. Works really, really, really well for me.

*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 10/29/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks monidad, yes, I have had some times where my hands have cramped up and I thought it was the pred, just from holding a book for a long time or my hand holding something in a certain position for a long time. I was worried I was getting arthritis or something, glad to know it's the pred = )

also, my legs and feet do cramp up some (my feet have always cramped up now and then). A banana a day does not keep all cramps away. I am drinking cran juice w/added potassium, same amount as a banana and that seems to have helped a bit this past week.
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Azathioprine 100mg 1xday;Remicade tests pending;Hydrocortisone enemas 1xday;Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Potassium 600mg 1xday, Probiotics.
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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