interesting facts about your body and UC

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 11/12/2007 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
ever have one of those moments when a light bulb goes on in your head, that moment for me was yesterday...
i was thinking about my uc, and when I'm going bad, i notice alot of mucous in my stools, and then came upon this fact...

" Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself"

my thinking is that in UC patients, the stomach THINKS it hasnt produced enough mucus and is afraid of digesting itself so it overcompensates and everything goes haywire.

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
There's a slight flaw in that ulcerative colitis isn't in the stomach at starts at the rectum and continues upward to either a limited state or throughout the colon. But I can understand your lightbulb moment.

There is a lot of mucus production with UC flaring...especially when there's a smaller amount of inflammation compared to a lot. Any amount of extra activity in the colon...and that includes stool formation....causes more mucus. The digestive tract is actually very efficient in protection mode....and it's messages can go haywire...hence the autoimmune response.

*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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