Ex-smokers and occurrence of UC

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Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 11/25/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to smoke (on and off, about 10 cigs a day for 10 years) and was diagnosed with UC just a few months after I quit smoking.  I've read about ex-smokers developing UC once they quit, and know that there have been some UC studies/treatments done with nicotine supplements as well as some discussion regarding carbon monoxide (or dioxide?). 
 
Are there any ex-smokers on the forum who have actually benefitted from any of these treatments? 
 
P.S.  I'm NOT recommending anyone to even think of taking up smoking as a solution to UC. 
I am not going to smoke again as I feel that there is a solution somewhere out there for UC and I don't want to deal with the potential risk of getting lung cancer/emphysema and whatever else smoking can do to you.  Though I recently heard from an ex-smoker who had mild UC for a while, then smoked cigs for a month, and has been symptom-free for several months, I also read a post recently from someone who tried smoking again to 'cure' UC and it didn't work for him and actually made the D much worse. So he's now dealing with more severe UC symptoms AND is again addicted to smoking.
 
 
Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
 
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6-week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
Currently on: 12 x 750mg Colazal (6 - twice a day).  
Diet: Cut out caffeine and alcohol after diagnosis.  Been vegetarian for many years.  Low dairy, low carb, and avoiding foods that are processed, fried, spicy, acid forming, fungal, contain yeast (i.e. I don't have a life, but desperate times call for desperate measures!).


jujub
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   Posted 11/25/2007 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I was a heavy smoker for years. My diagnosis came about four years after I quit. I'm so glad I don't smoke, and I'd never take the risk of exposing myself to nicotine knowingly. I was able to quit on the first try, and I have no desire to get hooked again. Weird, though, that seems to be the only known benefit of smoking.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade. Completely off steroids for more than a year now! In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
Now tapering Azathioprine, please pray for me.
 
"If you spend your time second-guessing your past decisions, you'll never have time to enjoy today."


Sara14
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   Posted 11/25/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a smoker and it didn't keep me from getting UC, unfortunately. The one good thing smoking could have done for me...oh well.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed


mjw82704
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   Posted 11/25/2007 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I smoked for 11 years then quit once, gained weight and that may have been also when I was diagnosed with UC not totally sure then started again due to stress. My UC was not as bad after I started up again. I then quit again and have gotten worse UC wise and fatter unfortunately. I have been experimenting with a nicotine patch right now. I don't really feel a difference UC wise but I am going to finish out this two week pack and see what happens. I'v heard of people using them when they are flaring. Who knows.
Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
Asacol 3 pills 3 times per day
Hydrocortisone Enema as needed
Probotic taken Daily


quincy
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   Posted 11/25/2007 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I smoked as a teenager and a bit into my early 20's. Never a heavy smoker. I got UC at 34...so, I wouldn't attribute it to quitting smoking. I'm born from and grew up with smoking parents.

q
*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
~vitamins/minerals 
~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 !!!


Susiebuddy
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   Posted 11/25/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I quit smoking when I was 25 at my 3 year old son's request.... and got diagnosed with U/C at 44.... Now my son is a smoker and he's the one who got me to quit when he was 3!!
SusieBuddy  
Diagnosed with U/C January 31st, 2004, IBS on July 21st, 2006, Dr says possible Crohn's...We'll see....
 
Meds: Rowasa enema's - Back to every night... probably forever!!!
         Canasa 1000mg. AM Only when needed, - Bentyl 10mg. As needed, -         Nexium - 40mg, 1x per day, - Xanax .5mg as needed,  Effexor 37.5mg. 
         Culturelle 1x a day 
         http://www.myspace.com/77016897         


Beth75
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   Posted 11/25/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I was dx'd around when I started smoking less........I was smoking about a pack a day and went to about half that and now I smoke occasionally (a pack a month or less). I have heard stuff about a possible relation........just my story.
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone e's tapering, Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


Trixy's Got Butt Trouble
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   Posted 11/25/2007 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I was a smoker, but was diagnosed while I was still smoking. Funny tho, that was the first question my GI asked me. I have heard, and he has told me, of nicotine treatments, but has never suggested I do it. I've been smoke free for 2 years now and I still have flare ups, but not nearly as bad as when I was first diagnosed.
Best Wishes,
Trixy (39)
dx Pancolitis, mild, w/more activity on left side & IBS
12 Asacol a day;
1 Rowasa at night during flare/1 a week during remission;
Nexium; Probiotic; Multi-Vitamin; Flax Seed Oil
UC manifesting to other organs: joints, eyes (Iritis) & skin (Erythema Nodusom)
Controlling w/MEDS & DIET (eliminating animal protein, white flour, sugar, dairy, eggs, & nightshade veggies)
Current Status:  11/2/07 Ending 5 month remission w/mini-flare :-(


Harpo
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   Posted 11/26/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Felt fine till I quit smoking..
Male 36yrs old. Indeterminate Colitis 6 yrs.


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Susiebuddy
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   Posted 11/26/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Now that I think about it... I went to a symposium on IBD in Sacramento, CA when I first got diagnosed. They said that something like 75 percent of people who are diagnosed with U/C or Crohn's are ex smokers... Interesting.....
SusieBuddy  
Diagnosed with U/C January 31st, 2004, IBS on July 21st, 2006, Dr says possible Crohn's...We'll see....
 
Meds: Rowasa enema's - Back to every night... probably forever!!!
         Canasa 1000mg. AM Only when needed, - Bentyl 10mg. As needed, -         Nexium - 40mg, 1x per day, - Xanax .5mg as needed,  Effexor 37.5mg. 
         Culturelle 1x a day 
         http://www.myspace.com/77016897         


JenniD
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   Posted 11/26/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   

I smoked for about 5 yrs. in my early 20's.  about a pack in a 24 hr. time span.  I quit when I was 24.  I was diagnosed with UC in April of this year and am now 36 years old.  Had started smoking occasionally on again and off again about 3 years ago.  Don't smoke at all now. 

My dr. told me that people who smoke don't get UC.  HA!!!  Not sure where he is getting his info.


Sara14
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   Posted 11/26/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Uh, yeah, your doctor is obviously wrong....unfortunately for me (and you!).
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed


Jjc2007
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   Posted 11/26/2007 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed when I was fifteen and NOT a smoker. But most of the adults in the family were.
I started smoking at about 21 to lose weight and I did. My UC was always in flare from about 15 to my mid 30s.....going from mild to severe but no real remission. But in my 30s the flares were getting more mild. Then I quit smoking and had a terrible flare that lasted for months.
Finally got normal...well normal for me, anyway.
Fifteen years later I started smoking again. I know....stupid and crazy. But after about ten years I quit again and after having the mildest years of my UC, when I quit I flared again badly but only for a month. Been a non smoker for about five years and my UC is back to being mild all the time.

I wondered if the smoking cessation had intensified my flares but never asked my doc about it. Then I thought I was probably crazy for thinking the smoking cessation was connected until I came here and read so many had similar reactions.
diagnosed with UC in 1962
regualr meds:
Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
open heart surgery in 2005 for removal of aortic root aneurysm


gdfairy
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Total Posts : 89
   Posted 11/27/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I smoked for many years and my symptoms all began 3 weeks after quitting.  I kept thinking I was getting gas and stomach problems from the nicotine inhalers I was using to quit, but once I stopped those, things only got progressively worse.  So, IMO, it wasn't the nicotine but something else in the cigarettes that was keeping me in remission or the inhalers would have helped.

Left sided UC 3 years
Current Meds: Lialda 3 in the Morning
Rowasa when needed or Canasa
Multi Vitamin/Mineral
Fish oil
Biotin

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