Patient Comments: Colitis - Treatments

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Comment from: Big Dennis, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I am short of breath and it is even worse going up stairs because of atrial fibrillation. I also am getting lazy and depressed, because I cannot do the things I normally do. I had to retire from my drycleaner business. I just couldn't do 10 hours a day anymore.

Comment from: Jo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I have had pain in my lower left leg on and off for three years. I have been taking tramadol which only stops it for as long as three to four hours, it is the worst pain I have ever experienced in 72 years. Finally I tried a homeopathic formula from professional formulas. It is a 2 fl. oz. bottle, you take 10 drops under your tongue; it's called sciatica drops. It works the best for me since I hate taking drug relief. I just use it whenever there is pain and it works immediately!

Comment from: bmf, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 21

My treatment for colitis has been almost continuously prescribed medicine such as Asacol and Lialda, both very expensive and not permanently effective. I have tried to stop twice and had to resume one or the other. These are brand names for mesalamine (SP); any so-called generic is not less expensive. I've wondered if the FDA has made any attempt to cause these drugs to be reduced in price.

Comment from: Marlene, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I was taking Lialda twice a day and although it was the best drug for me so far I still had very bad flare ups from time to time. Since I started taking phentermine for weight reduction all signs and symptoms of colitis have disappeared. I stopped using Lialda because I was getting too constipated. That was a word I had never used before, what a phenomenon! I can leave the house without wearing protection for the first time in 5 years. I can travel (just got back from Hawaii) without fear of fecal leakages.

Comment from: Joy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I have had colitis on and off for approximately 40 years, I have tried cutting out different foods. I gave up dairy which helped. Sorry to all of you people who have just been diagnosed, but you'll have to learn to live with it. I have been under gastroenterologists since being diagnosed. They don't know what brings these flare ups on. I personally think stress and food allergies don't help. I am on Colazide tablets at the moment, which I was told I will be on all my life as a control, not a permanent fix. When I do have a flare up as I have now, I have to go on a course of prednisolone and Salofalk enamels until it subsides again. I also have a colonoscopy every 2 years. By the way I have an older sibling with the same.

Comment from: Leigh, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I developed colitis about 4 years ago. Life was awful. I was anxious about going out and it seemed that my life was all about where the next toilet was. I tried Colostrum, Boswellia and a long list of other treatments but nothing made enough difference for me to continue with them. Then I chanced upon gumby gumby, a native Australian bush medicine which is said to kill cancer. I can't believe the noticeable difference it has made, and almost instantly. I feel that I have my life back. I buy my gumby gumby capsules online.

Comment from: lovebugs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I was diagnosed in December of 2013 with ulcerated colitis. I had lower left abdominal pain, and severe bloody diarrhea. I had it so bad. I could not urinate because I was so dehydrated. I spent five days in the hospital, had a colon scan and a colonoscopy. Along with an IV drip, I received two antibiotics, Flagyl and Cipro. I cannot have anything that has dairy in it and I make sure I drink plenty of water. I still get flare ups but they are controlled.

Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I was put on entocort, asacol, bentyl, and antidiarrheal medications for microscopic colitis. I'm now just on the entocort, bentyl, and antidiarrheal meds. When I have flares, I have to up my entorort from one pill a day to 3, and I have to take 6 asacols a day.

Comment from: Ellen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

In June 2014 (three weeks ago), I woke up with extreme pain in stomach, blood from bowel and terrible lower back pain. The symptoms persisted for 24 hours. My primary care doctor sent me to a gastroenterologist who, after the colonoscopy, diagnosed ischemic colitis. Some ulceration was visible on x-ray. For some time before this, I had been feeling weak in my legs, unexplained weight loss, over 25 lb. (I needed to lose some weight, but not any more than I have lost.) The doctor has not prescribed any medicine even though I still have soreness and some pain in my left side. To answer Gamma's question regarding pain in lower back and weakness in legs, yes, I had the symptoms before and after the first attack. Especially the lower back pain. Doctor advised drinking more water and a light diet. He cannot explain why I have experienced weight loss over the last year. I wonder if it is associated to the disease (condition).

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Comment from: lasvegasblues, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

My colitis was treated with 2 antibiotics: Cipro and Flagyl for 2 weeks, as well as 2 liters of fluids, intravenous (IV) Protonix and an anti-nausea medication.

Comment from: r, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I have had two recent occurrences of ischemic colitis. I am a 49- year-old woman and had an 8-inch segment of my colon diagnosed with IC by colonoscopy. At the time, the blood work showed a Protein C deficiency. I was prescribed anticoagulant treatment and have been on Coumadin since February 1, 2013. Last week I suffered another incident of ischemic colitis and was hospitalized. A flexible sigmoidoscopy confirmed the diagnosis, and this time the ischemia was in a different spot and not as severe as last time. The doctors seem to be at a loss as to what to do next. I have asked my doctor if there is any correlation between transvaginal mesh and ischemia. I had a hysterectomy and bladder sling in June of 2010.

Comment from: milan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I had started feeling severe pain in my right side lower abdomen, which after diagnosis revealed gall stones. After undergoing surgery 1 year back, I developed post-surgical disorders frequented with vomits, lose motions abdominal pain and restlessness; which later on resulted in colitis. Now it has percolated further down and now I am suffering from hemorrhoids. Although no pain is there but I am on restricted diet and Ayurveda treatment. Diet control is the main treatment made available. As there is no Gall Bladder now, so fat intake is poor and am losing health at the same time. Energy loss is so great that sometimes I am not even able to stand and my legs start to tremble. I am keeping fingers crossed and hoping for the best. Ayurveda treatment has been able to contain most of the symptoms mentioned above and I am hopeful of full recovery within this year.

Comment from: Karin, 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 03

I am having loose bowel movements, which started around the holidays. I blamed the food consumed during that time, plus having family visiting. Antibiotics did not help, so I then had a colonoscopy performed and had polyps removed. I was diagnosed with microscopic colitis. I was put on Lialda, and the loose bowel movements became much more frequent. Pepto and Imodium were suggested, but it has not stopped. I am still trying to do my workouts at the gym regardless. I am basically a healthy person with a healthy lifestyle. I am into yoga, cycling, and I also do yard work and otherwise enjoy life. I am on no meds otherwise except multivitamins.

Comment from: axxiefox, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I have ischemic colitis, ended in the hospital, with lots of pain and bleeding. I am 57 and never want to feel this pain again. I will try probiotic, apparently it's supposed to help. I am still on pain medication, just got out. I was being treated for high blood pressure, just had found out a week ago that I had diabetes. This is not fun, I had never had it.

Comment from: felix10, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

They treated my colitis with Cipro and Flagyl.

Comment from: Gramma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I have suffered from moderate ulcerative colitis for approximately 2 years. I am taking Pentasa, also trying wheat free diet. Do any of the females with this disease, have a lot of pressure through the vagina, & weakness in the legs,or lower back pain?

Comment from: Carol, Published: April 19

I was diagnosed six years ago with Colitis. I was put on steroids and other anti-inflammatory drugs. I would get mild relief with this. Three years ago I underwent surgery, ended up with an ileostomy and have not looked back. It was the best decision I have made in a long time. I now have my life back

Comment from: neener77, 25-34 Female Published: April 28

To the c-section woman. I have had severe pain for the last 7 years in lower abdomen requiring me to visit the ER countless amounts of times. The doctors only evaluated me as having female problems and not being able to find the source of my pain. The pain is worse than being in labor. My periods are unbearable. Pain with bowel movements and pain with urination. The doctors say I'm a confusing case. Now a new sample blood with bowel movement. I have an appointment this week for the doctor. I am nervous that they will not be able to help me again. All I know is that I am almost tired of living with this pain. Everyone has to urinate and have bowel movements so the pain is almost daily now.

Comment from: gracie, 55-64 Female Published: February 14

I have had random sessions of severe spasms followed by explosive diarrhea with profuse sweating and being so weak I have to lay down immediately for at least 15 minutes. This has been going on for over 20 years and I have not been able to establish any patterns as I may not have it for months.

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