I don't think it's because of UC....I think it's because that's the nature of a cold or flu. There are sooooo many strains, some affect the functioning of the respiratory tract in different ways and can attack ruthlessly and quickly with infection over and above what the body can normally deal with. I think it depends on how fast the virus is able to reproduce and spread to parts of the respiratory tract and whether or not its programmed to cause infection or not. There are some that cause pneumonia...viral pneumonia, but it has to still be treated with meds.
You'll know if you have infection with the amount and colour of sputum.
Remember that strains mutate and change quickly....apparently, we never catch the same one twice..which is a fact that seems to be hard to believe.
I've had colds that my husband has gotten as well...sometimes we've got exactly the same symptoms, including sinus and chest infection...other times he's worse than I....other times I'm worse then he.
If the body's in an already compromised stressed state, I'd say that it'd be easier for another illness (whatever the origin) to take hold.
As you get feeling better overall...you'll find you'll be able to fight off invaders more quickly....but there will always be the potential for you to get something "out there" that will hit with a vengence...that's the nature of what we're exposed to via others in our environment, what we touch or where we go on a daily basis...no matter how healthy you are.
Keep us posted as to how you're feeling.
*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 !!!