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RacingChick
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   Posted Today 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
 
So what triggered my first flare has yet again come - exams. I'm in my fourth year of mechanical engineering, and the stress of exams and the term ending seems to really affect my colitis. I've been having more pain than usual lately and a general decline in  strength, and of course worrying that this may bring on another flare has me even more stressed.
 
I exercise as much as I can (depending on strength and pain level) and I eat as well as I can (things that are bland these days). Are there de-stressing solutions that any of you have come across that may help me to get through these last few days of the exam period?
 
Thanks so much.
21 years old
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis June 26 after colonoscopy
8 Salofalk 500mg pills daily
1 Salofalk enema every other day
1 Cortifoam enema every other day
1 Proferrin Iron supplement, Fish oil, and 3 Florastor probiotics daily


Sideshowbob
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   Posted Today 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi RacingChick. Anti anxiety meds seem to help me. I take a low dose year round, and its done wonders for me. Whenever I stop taking the meds, my wife can notice right away. I get edgy, have trouble sleeping, and am much more irritable. Just a suggestion, everyone has a different way of dealing with these things.

On a side note, I noticed that you take the same meds as me (with the exception of Cortifoam). Are you in Canada too? :)
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pb4
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   Posted Today 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Meditation and shopping (but I'm a shopaholic so of course I'm going to suggest shopping).

:)
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quincy
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   Posted Today 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd suggest lessening the exercise at least to a level where you're not going to tax your system.

Do quiet studying and make sure you don't miss any of your meds!!!

Do take some time for yourself, but not with the attitude that you HAVE to such as exercise. The shopping idea is a good thing. For we all know how much one can remember when feeling more relaxed.
And...put it all on the credit card so you won't have to worry about it until well AFTER the new year!! lol!

All the best on your exams...trust yourself!

quincy
*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 !!!


wildfire07
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   Posted 12/15/2007 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I like laughing even though it usually hurts if I do too much...I watch movies to relax. They're really cool on demand with digital cable cause you can watch any time & if you fall asleep, like I often do, you can either start over or rewind. I get so exhausted. I like very low impact yoga. It's exercising, stretching & relaxing at the same time. I don't push myself. I do what I can when I can. If I push myself I usually overdo it & feel worse either later or next day. The yoga, if done right feels so good all over. 


             
 
Diagnosed with UP Sept. 2007-2nd opinion & 2nd colonoscopy confirmed UP, & UC old pain & new pain, it's spreading...Dec. 2007
misDiagnosed with Degenerative Arthritis, 2006
2 4 asacol 3x daily for UC/UP. 
Canasa suppositories, also 3x  daily,
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1 20mg tab aciphex daily
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RacingChick
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 12/15/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Again,
 
Thanks for all the suggestions. I think maybe I need to be sure to take a bit of "me" time in each day to relax some.
Perhaps a funny movie tonight will also be a nice break! Thanks wildfire07.
 
And, yes, I am in Canada. And just came off the enemas a little while ago.
 
21 years old
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis June 26/07 after colonoscopy
8 Salofalk 500mg pills daily
1 Salofalk enema every other day
1 Cortifoam enema every other day
1 Proferrin Iron supplement, Fish oil, and 3 Florastor probiotics daily


kb5
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   Posted 12/15/2007 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Going through school exam time was always the hardest time for me as well. I would always flare around that time. What i found was if I planned enough it made things easier. I would schedule all of my studying and even some me time as well. That way I could see that I was doing all I could and not have as much time to worry. The hard part was not worrying during the me time, i always felt that i should be doing something for school when i was relaxing.

Go get a massage. burn some old papers or books. laugh with friends. Good luck!
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
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Scrap Girl
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   Posted 12/15/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't have UC when I was in college but I remember I would always have less stress when I was prepared for the tests.
Diagnosed with UC in Feb. 2005
 
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quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 29856
   Posted 12/15/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi..I have a another "insurance" suggestion.....start the Salofalk enemas at least every 3rd night.

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 !!!


dakotagirl
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   Posted 12/15/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am very glad that I didn't have UC in college. The stress would have had me in a constant flare. Even without UC, I found the stress made me more likely to get colds, etc. So, I suggest sticking with a good sleep pattern!

All of the other suggesttions are good as well!

Best of luck with all of your exams :)
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Sara14
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   Posted 12/15/2007 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so glad I didn't have UC when I was in college. I can imagine how hard that would be. But, yeah, I remember the stress that goes along with exams, and I would often get sick around that time with colds. My only advice is to prepare for your tests the best you can, get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy diet. Good luck with you exams!
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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


njguy69
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   Posted 12/16/2007 4:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, working out and hanging out with my buddies always is a stress relief for my self. I enjoy hiking as a get away from this empire we are all forced to live in, which is the source for most of my stress. I would go for a nice hour an half massage.
aka. uc veteran

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Post Edited (xtremefit) : 12/16/2007 4:34:33 AM (GMT-7)


relativelyquantum
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   Posted 12/17/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Though I was fortunate enough not to have full-blown UC symptoms in college (instead I got hit hard after graduating), I can relate to studying for engineering exams, being electrical. I noticed near the end of the program I learned how to pace myself more and knew what to expect from the professors. Also staying up really late to squeeze in tons of information and then freaking out on a test didn't seem to help as much as focusing on the most relevant material, forcing yourself to be calm, and getting enough sleep to be fresh for action. I also liked to do a few practice problems beforehand to get myself prepared mentally, because most of the time the information is there, you just need to get in the mindset and have clear/fresh thinking to solve the problems.

The other suggestions sound good to get your mind off things for a while. Hope it all works out for you.
Pancolitis '04
Yet to ever go into remission, additional Flare-up since Aug 12th and still atempting to work in the midst of it Time off work since 10/17. 
 
Finally seeing some improvement; likely was complicated with a digestional yeast overgrowth.
 
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RacingChick
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 12/18/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
So I just made it through my last exam for the term. And thank you, thank you for all the suggestions.
I kept repeating to myself before the exam and during it this morning what relativelyquantum told be above - all the information's there, I just need to stay calm to get through the problems.
I think it helped me to remain in the right mindset. The exam itself was pretty tricky and long, but I'm not going to worry about that now.
Thanks so much, I think I am going to try a few more of the suggestions for the coming weeks as I settle back down after all the exam time stress.
I hope you all have a great holiday season!
21 years old
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis June 26/07 after colonoscopy
8 Salofalk 500mg pills daily
1 Salofalk enema every other day
1 Cortifoam enema every other day
1 Proferrin Iron supplement, Fish oil, and 3 Florastor probiotics daily


relativelyquantum
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Total Posts : 196
   Posted 12/18/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Good to hear you at peace about it and sound in control. Plus, on the job, you find that creative problem solving, sort of on the spot thinking, becomes invaluable. Often I use very little of what I formally learned, but very often use the general skills of working through a problem at my engineering position and every once in a while you pull out the old text book or remember something from a class. I have found that having the right state of mind has helped me in the workplace significantly, because I know stress is not good for me, so when others are freaking out, I find out what the problem is and just focus on getting the job done, realizing panic doesn't help.

Enjoy the time off and have happy holidays.
Pancolitis '04
Yet to ever go into remission, additional Flare-up since Aug 12th and still atempting to work in the midst of it Time off work since 10/17. 
 
Finally seeing some improvement; likely was complicated with a digestional yeast overgrowth.
 
On Lialda (2/dy), probiotics, Oriental Medical Tea & Prescribed Diet, Fish Oil, Folic Acid

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