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roybus14 07-25-2008 08:28 PM

Ulcerative Colitis Flare-Up
My wife has UC and she had a flare-up that caused her to be in the hospital for a week. She is home now but she is still going through it so to speak with diarhea, nausea, and vomiting. Her doctor prescribed her Prednisone to reduce the imflammation in the colon but now it appears that it is making her sick so the doctor advised her to cut down on the dose from one full pill to a half.

The doctor also informed us of all of the issues with UC and how UC is a ugly thing to have and treat. My wife has lost close to 20lbs. in the past week and a half because she can't hold anything down. She was given nausea medicine but that ain't working either. The doctor has put her out on rest for another two weeks to get the immflamation down. I guess my question is, when experiencing a bad flare-up that requires hospitalization, what is the recovery time and how long does it to get it under control again? Also, what can be done to control the nausea and vomit if medicine is not working? She is also taking Lialda in addition to the Prednisone.

Thank you very much for any help you can provide. This is new to us and it's tough to deal with. Because we don't know that much about it, questions about what the doctor is doing and whether or not it's working are starting to pop in our heads...

Best Regards,
Roybus14 (extremely concerned husband)

Minkachu 08-30-2008 10:08 PM

Re: Ulcerative Colitis Flare-Up
has your wife tried Rowasa? it is the same active ingredient as Lialda (mesalamine) but in a topical form - an enema. there are many studies out there that show that adding Rowasa to oral mesalamine during treatment of a flare can reduce the duration and severity of a flare significantly. The thought of an enema may be unpleasant but since she is feeling so miserable I am sure that anything is worth a shot.

good luck!

Harry 08-30-2008 11:26 PM

Re: Ulcerative Colitis Flare-Up
Hi roy & Mink,

Have either of you tried using a probiotic supplement -- VSL#3 to help UC ?

A member wrote a post on the IBS board that using the probiotic VLS3 and changing his diet really changed his life.
The post is tne Top Sticky thread on the IBS board -- " 95% Improvement with VSL3" began by cathy1. But, the post about UC is post # 12 on page 3.

I suggest that you both read this post -- I think it may change your life as related to UC and flare ups.


Bikergirl62 09-01-2008 10:10 AM

Re: Ulcerative Colitis Flare-Up
Hi, I have UC and Crohn's disease. I have dealt with this for over 20 yrs. I have recently been in a very bad flare up. After many visits to my gastro dr and many weeks of pain and missed work, I went to a top specialist and he prescribed hydrocortisone enemas. It doesn't react like your typical enema. It coats the rectum and colon with medication and helps to reduce the inflammation quickly. I also lost 20 lbs. and had no appetite. Every time I ate I was running to the bathroom. I have been using these enemas for 10 days and I feel so much better. I hope this info helps and that your wife is feeling better. I also am on the antibiotic cipro and a drug called imuran.

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