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Colitis Flare Up
Depends: You need to discuss an optimal regimen with your managing doctor. If your vacation is a continuous search for the nearest bathroom, you will be frustrated and angry (not good for colitis). Hopefully you can find a combination of medications which will allow lengthy intervals between bathroom trips. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Having ulcerative colitis flare-up at the moment, noticed small spots of black, tarry substance in BMs, but very little present. related to flare-up?
Melena: Black tarry stool, otherwise known as melena, is often a sign of digested bleeding in the upper digestive tract. Usually a flare of ulcerative colitis would be in the lower part of the digestive tract, so there may be something else going on. I would try to see your doctor as soon as you can, or go to an urgent care center. Don't ignore this. Good luck. ...Read more
Consider a sleep aid: Prednisone is notorious for causing insomnia. If you're not already taking in the morning consider doing so. This may be dose related so waiting it out until you're down on the prednisone dose is a good option. You may also consider otc sleep aid or simply Benadryl at night. If this last longer you may need to talk to doctor for a prescription sleep aid. ...Read more
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I have been trying to taper off prednisone from a colitis flare up. It has been horrible and my joints have become so sore every time i hit the 10 mg?
Other meds? : If you have severe enough crohns disease that it requires prednisone, it is unlikely that you will be able to just taper off without the use of a steroid sparing agent such as biological agents (ie. Remicade) or immunomodulators (mercaptopurine). See your gastroenterologist or am did a referral to an ibd subspecialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taking pentasa for colitis flare up. I now have hard stool and external piles. I am a vegan. What can I take to soften stool without flaring up again!
I have ulcerative colitis and starting to get a sore throat and cough. Could a cold or flu cause a bad ulcerative colitis flare up?
Possibly: A 'cold' is caused by a viral infection. As your body mobilizes an immune response to that infection, it might decrease the response it is giving the ulcerative colitis. The response to uc is also an immune response to some degree. The medications you are on to treat the uc may also affect your response to a cold and vice versa. ...Read more
Yogurt: Yes, yogurt - one or two servings a day, any flavor, any brand. You can also take one of the many probiotics which are available over the counter - they come in 30d bottles, which should be plenty. Good luck. ...Read more
Inflammation: Uc is an inflammatory bowel disease with many triggers. Any trigger that creates an inflammatory response can/will cause a flare up - especially if you are not on maintenance medications. For some patients - even ones in "remission", triggers such as GI infection, systemic illness, significant change in diet and activity, or severe emotional stress can result in a flare up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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