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gmasusie
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/13/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello
I have been lurking on this sight for some time now. Now its time to introduce myself. I am a 52 year old mother of 3 grown children and gma to 2 beautiful girls. I was dx in July of this year with UC. Thou I can remember having lots of stomach problems for years. I had rectal bleeding for 3 months that kept getting worse (thought it was hemmorids), had the colonostpy and a tear which turned into a absess which landed me in the hospital for a week. Also anemia which I still have problems with. I am wondering what this probiotic is and where it can be found. Iam so glad I found this sight it has been very helpful!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Taking asacol 2pills3Xdaily, Iron 2- 2xdaily,  vitamins, paxal 20mil

LadyHawk701
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/13/2007 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the board, I too am a newbie here.  I have found this place so helpful and a source of comfort.  I was wondering, you mentioned you had a tear.  Did that happen during your colonoscopy?  Perferation is a big fear of mine.

Diagnosed with UP in Feb 2005 Developed into UC by Jan 2006
Rowasa, Asacol, Colazal, Entorcort
Hospitalized July-Aug 2007 Pancolitis
Contracted C Diff.
Salumedrol, Flagyl, Remicade, Demerol, Prednisone, Antibiotics
Prednisone tapering currently down to 5mg
Imuran 100mg
Remicade every 8 wks next treatment the week of Thanksgiving:(
Zoloft 100mg
Phenergen as needed
Mama to Katie and Jack
 


dakotagirl
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 11/15/2007 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
GmaSusie - Welcome to Healingwell! Sorry that you had to find us, but glad that you decided to join us :)

Probiotics are the beneficial bateria (good bugs) in your guts. Usually those who have had frequent D or who have taken antibiotics have an inbalance of bacteria.

There are many good probiotics out there. You can search online and through old posts. Some that people have had luck with are: VSL3, Pro-Bio, and primadophilus reuteri (sp?). I suggest you start with a smaller dose and work your way up. Be aware that you may have some gas when you start one, but as your body adjusts, the gas will go away.

This site has been a great help to me too!

Hope to see you around!
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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gmasusie
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 11/17/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
No my tear was not form the colonoscpy. I think it was from months of bleeding. Iam not really sure, tthe Dr. I was seeing didnt know. I will not be seeing him again. He couldnt answer any of my questions and he was a colon dr.!
Are the probiotics meds found at the store or a drs scrip?
thanks Sue

jujub
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   Posted 11/17/2007 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
gmasusie, the probiotics are over the counter at the drugstore or at health food stores. VSL#3 is one that has been shown through research to have benefit for some; it's pretty expensive and I had to order it over the internet. Others will be available locally for you and may work just as well. The probiotics never made much difference for me, but they do help a lot of us. I'm sure some of those folks will be around to give you more specific information as the day goes on.

If you have more information about your condition, it can be helpful to post it so others can be of more help. For instance, where in the colon is your disease located, and what medications are you on?

Welcome to the community. I hope it is as helpful to you as it has been to me!
Judy
 
Left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.  Taking Colazal and Imuran, Remicade infusions and moving into remission. Finally off steroids after four years! 
 
Now in remission for almost two years. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
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gmasusie
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 11/18/2007 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
My UC is on the left side and I take Asacol 2pills 3x aday, Iron 2x aday. Has anyone ever had a tear in their colon? And have an abcess form? Is this rare ar is it common? I havent seen anyone on this board mention an abcess. Does anyone know if this is something that happens with people that have Crohns? I had biopises with the colonscopy-they were inconclusive.
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