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jayce
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   Posted 12/3/2007 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm wondering if anyone notices a difference in their uc -does it feel better in the summer tim or get any relief from warm weather vacations?
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sweetmelody
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   Posted 12/3/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
i dont know about seasons... but warm temps usually make me feel better

cold air seems to cause my stomach to go crazy...
Kara, 20
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis March, 07
-Left sided all the way up
-Was on Colazal..it didn't do anything for me. Had horrible flare up...been on lialda and pred since. Seems to be working!
Medications: Colazal 3 pills 3x a day
                  Prednisone - 30mg in the morning w/ food.
                  Lialda - 2 pills in the morning w/ food.


suebear
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   Posted 12/3/2007 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Warm weather never seemed to benefit my UC. I live in a climate that averages temperatures of 65-72 degrees all year round.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free
 


kb5
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   Posted 12/3/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Not for me but i don't like the heat. I love the cold. Vacations help when they are stress free. I went to san diego for a wedding and felt great! I went to mexico and was stressed the whole time about the water ect and had problems.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, 15 mg pred. until immuran kicks in...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea


expecting226
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   Posted 12/3/2007 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Climate does not affect me at all. I live in the midwest and have flared and been in remission in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Stress is my trigger. As long as I keep the stress under control, I remain in remission.
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 2x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)


GardenerJames
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   Posted 12/3/2007 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
If you're looking for an excuse to go on vacation, it can't hurt!!!
I went to hawaii last year and felt pretty good, but then I had just started Remicade so I feel pretty good most of the time now.
I definitely need to go back to Hawaii and do more research though ;)
James
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Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
Omega-3 once daily
Tenth Remicade infusion Early December


pb4
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   Posted 12/3/2007 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Personally I love heat and hate cold (go figure I live in Canada BRRRR), but honestly it has never made any difference for me IBD wise.

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


KJ35
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   Posted 12/3/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I have lived in both Florida and Pennsylania.  Whether it was July, 95 degrees and humid in Florida or February, 10 degrees and freezing in PA, I have noticed no difference.
Diagnosed UC 1999
Asacol (no effect)
Colazal (no effect)
VSL#3 (not enough difference to justify the cost)
OTC : Probiotics (Primadophillius Reuteri, 1 capsule per day), enteric coated Fish Oil (1.7g 3x per day), Metamucil (one serving 4x per day), NSI Turmeric/Curcumin95% (1g 2x per day), Caltrate 600D (2x per day), L-Glutamine (9g 2x per day),
Natures Way Alive Multivitamin
 


julee70
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   Posted 12/3/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Interesting question. I'm not sure if it's the weather or just that summer/spring living is easier and I'm in a better mood then. It could just be that coping with a flair in temperate weather is easier than when you have to shovel snow from your walk and bundle up, etc. My body prefers heat to cold, so I probably generally feel better in warmer months.

A vacation to a warm place has always made a difference for me. An all-inclusive resort is my dream for a relaxing vacation to heal. There's usually a ton of choices of what to eat and you can eat as little or as much as you want. And there are decent public bathrooms everywhere so you're never far from one. I'm a big fan of the Caribbean cure. I've only done it once but it definitely worked. Within a couple days I was much, much better.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it.


quincy
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   Posted 12/3/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I love the winter although all the salt on the roads to affect my sinuses and eyes. Seasonal change from winter to spring to summer... hot humid heat or looooon periods of rain are depressing/stressful if I have to be out in it. It doesn't seem to have an effect on my UC unless the stress aspect is overwhelming.

Now....I HATE travelling...I don't do it, so if I were to travel, I would assume the stress of preparing/shopping..etc would probably do me in. I have absolutely NO desire to travel or escape....it's nice when the city empties out on the weekends during the summer, so that, in itself, is like a vacation.

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 !!!


UCreallySUCKS
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   Posted 12/3/2007 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in Orlando, Florida, and have been flaring for 2 years straight...so to me the warm weather hasn't done me one bit of good.  Wish it would though!  It's 82 degrees outside now, kinda wish it would cool down for once...it's December for crying out loud!

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day 2 Lialda/day (we'll see how that goes)
5mg Prednisone done for now :)
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


ediekristen
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   Posted 12/3/2007 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
UCreallySUCKS said...
I live in Orlando, Florida, and have been flaring for 2 years straight...so to me the warm weather hasn't done me one bit of good.  Wish it would though!  It's 82 degrees outside now, kinda wish it would cool down for once...it's December for crying out loud!


Oh man... I grew up in Clearwater, Florida and I always said how much I hated the heat and wished we had a winter, but I moved out here to Iowa last year and I'll tell you what... I've never wanted to be in Florida more in my life than I do right now. I HATE Iowa and I hate the snow and I hate the cold and it's just miserable, haha.

I do think the cold makes me feel worse though, I figure maybe it's because my body is shivering and tensing up so much that it's upsetting my intestines? I don't know. I do know that I'm going to Florida in three weeks for a visit to my family and I can't wait. I'll be tempted not to leave....


Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

Current Meds:
40 mg Citalopram (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Imuran
 
Should also be on supplements and probiotics and other UC drugs but I'm just not good at taking pills...


pb4
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   Posted 12/3/2007 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG Q!!!! You love winter??? I guess you'd have to living in Manitoba (they don't call it Winterpig for nothin' (aka; Winnipeg)...mind you I'm in AB and it can get pretty cold, not as constant as it does in Manitoba and Sask, but I absolutely HATE winter...besides I've decided cold weather is aging me LOL!


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


Sara14
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   Posted 12/3/2007 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
What I wouldn't give for 82 degrees outside right now! I LOVE hot weather...have no idea why I live in Iowa where it is bitter cold, icy and snowy. I agree ediekristen - It is miserable here. I grew up in Wisconsin where it was even colder. I need to move somewhere warmer soon. I'm really sick of this crap and the winter is only beginning.

I don't know if the cold affects my UC, because I just got it last January. It was bitterly freezing outside when I got it, though. I feel better in general in the summer...better mood, seem to get less colds.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
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pb4
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   Posted 12/3/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I tell ya, living in Canada means there are no provinces that are not cold...British Columbia is about the closest to being a "tropical paradise" and they have just been hit with a heavy snowfall and rain on top of it (figures)...If I was an american I'd be living in Hawaii, only because I hear alot of bad news about horrid weather in Florida, and other warmer states (except I necver hear anything bad about Hawaii on the news regarding weather) otherwise I'd pick anywhere nice and hot, and I've been to Hawaii on my honeymoon and absolutely LOVED it. Vegas might be a nice hot place to live too....wishful thinking.

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


quincy
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   Posted 12/4/2007 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4 said...
OMG Q!!!! You love winter??? I guess you'd have to living in Manitoba (they don't call it Winterpig for nothin' (aka; Winnipeg)...mind you I'm in AB and it can get pretty cold, not as constant as it does in Manitoba and Sask, but I absolutely HATE winter...besides I've decided cold weather is aging me LOL!
:)
 
LOL...I agree that we feel older than our age with the cold weather.   The indoor heat can suck out all our body moisture, that's for sure.
 
I guess it's because I grew up here and have functioned in it.  I don't do outdoor sports or spend lots of time in it (but when I was younger I did and also rode my horses all year round)..don't like having storms (which we've been in for the past few days)...but it's "WHITE and bright" and I think that's what helps. If I were to be isolated..now, that might change things a bit, but I'm not. 
 
I'd NEVER be able to survive in BC....and the west coast rain/wet snow/gloomy days would have me on a much higher antidepressant...lol!
 
I hear Calgarians say "wait 5 minutes and the weather will change"...the extreme variables are difficult I would think?
 
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 !!!

Post Edited (quincy) : 12/4/2007 1:13:05 PM (GMT-7)


pb4
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   Posted 12/4/2007 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Ya but 5 minutes seems to last longer than 5 minutes many times (very difficult)...I'm born and raised here in AB and pretty much every winter at some point we get a freezing spell for a week or so and although I've experianced this my entire life, it sucks and I cannot get used to it.

Worst part is we were suppose to have a chinook today and tomorrow but that aint happenin' now.


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


Red_34
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   Posted 12/4/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm so I have Pb and Q to thank for our cold weather then??? We are getting a cold front from Canada (I'm in Michigan) and I HATE it!

But temperatures don't bother me. I find that when the weather changes like in spring or fall that my Uc acts up more only because my allergies do too. But as for temperature extremes affecting me in anyway, then no.
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pb4
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   Posted 12/4/2007 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
No, don't thank us Sherry :) thank mother nature, he he!

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


quincy
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   Posted 12/5/2007 12:50 AM (GMT -7)   
At least we're not in the way of the Pineapple Express....How awful for the West coast...Canada and US...

Ever notice that with the advanced technology of today (satellites that can zoom in on zits)...they still can't really give us an accurate forecast. And when they do...well, we heard it from them yesterday!

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 !!!


Red_34
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   Posted 12/5/2007 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
So true Q! Yesterday the weather forecasters said the latest band of snow showers coming from lower Canada where going to wind it's way just south of Michigan and told us not to worry. Hmm ok, then why do we have an inch of snow on the ground now with that big band of snow going thru MI now?? lol
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~Allergies - Singulair, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)~
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc~
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quincy
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   Posted 12/5/2007 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
if it's any consolation...we're having sunny days for the rest of the week. so, I'll send you some ;-)

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 !!!


pb4
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   Posted 12/5/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Well right at this moment there are big, fat, fluffy flakes falling from my sky and I'm not impressed!!! The other "storm" going on in my life today....woke up with my period and major watery D (which I'm sure is due to my period) and it is never usually this bad with stools being completely watery when I get my period but of course tonight is hubby's work xmas party...this will be interesting for sure.

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


princesscolon
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   Posted 12/5/2007 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I have lived in MI and now S.Texas, our average temp is around 90 degrees.  I would have to say that no, warmer temps do not help.  I do think that a change in the seasons may trigger a flare somehow though...

quincy
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   Posted 12/6/2007 1:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Average temp of 90F....yeesh! that would be stressful to me...no doubt.

I personally think with season changes come different events/personal changes/needs...that in itself can be stressful.



pb4..poor you..ugh! hope you enjoyed the Xmas party in spite of your "happy" period (as per tv commercials).

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 !!!

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