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What antidepressants are compatible if i have microscopic colitis?

I have allergies to corn, gluten, dairy, and soy. I need an anti-depressant (Prozac works but it contains corn) really badly. Please help if you can. Thanks!

you can try paxil or librax. i don't know what the ingredients are but look it up on the web. i hope that helps!  (+ info)

Can anyone give me advice on Microscopic Colitis?

I was diagnosed in December with this. I have done well on the steroid I was given until recently. For the last 3 days I have had abdominal pain, upper and lower. Along with diarrhea, painful and cramping diarrhea. My insides ache constantly. I'm afraid to eat much since what goes in does come out. I feel weak and tired.
I would appreciate any advice on how to manage this and feel better. Thanks so much for your help!

I think this is also called collegeous colitis which is an inflammation in the colon (large intestine) that can not be seen by the naked eye, only a biopsy will show it. The inflammation is under the skin. The colon has 2 jobs, one is to remove all the liquid from the waste and the other is to store the waste until you go to the bathroom. Because of the inflammation, your colon no longer removes the liquid so you have constant diarrhea, cramps and no or little warning that you need to go to the bathroom. This is an auto immune disease, which means your body is fighting itself. I was diagnosed with this 4 years ago, mainly because taking steroids for my RA seemed to control the diarrhea so my Gastro doctor did biopsies. I would not advise you to take steroids for this condition forever. There are a great many drugs you can take that don't have the nasty side effects of a steroid. I have been on Asacol 4 pills 3X's daily for the last 4 years. It took almost a year to diagnose my condition and another 3 months on the Asacol before it got under control. Please check with a Gastro doctor and try and get off of the steroids. A diet may help some, but it will never work completely because it's auto immune. Good luck!  (+ info)

Lymphatic Microscopic Colitis Mystery?

I'm going to a specialist in April, but i was wondering if anyone could figure this out. I DO have Lymphatic Microscopic Colitis and symptoms(gas,bloating, diarrhea), DO NOT have Any food allergies and Don't have celiacs disease, but every time i eat anything w/ gluten i poop 7x a day for a week. When i am i on a gluten free diet symptoms (gas,bloating, pooping) are still there but not as bad. When i am on a gluten free diet while taking a pro biotic symptoms are 80% gone and my poop is regular poop not diarrhea . I have tried steroids and non steroidal anti- inflammatory but nothing helps except gluten free and pro biotic?

if u need more info ask please!

Gluten intolerance is not an allergy.

Tests for allergies won't show a food intolerance, including gluten intolerance.

There is a "silent" form of celiac disease - it's called silent because it doesn't show up in tests.

If your body is reacting to gluten, no matter what some guy in a white coat tells you, you have a problem with gluten. Listen to your body.

Your health is under your own observation 24/7 (unconsciously), the doctor only sees you for a few minutes at a time. Follow what your body tells you in matters of health.  (+ info)

What helps the symtoms of ulcerative colitis?

Does anyone know if there is a special diet that helps ulcerative colitis? I was thinking of eliminating meat to see if that would help even though people do that for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis is a little different. Any suggestions would be great!

eliminating meat won't really help much.. the best things to cut out are fried foods, overly processed foods, popcorn, fake sugars, other veggies that will irritate your stomach too. The sugars to completely watch out for are any that end it -itol like sorbitol which is found in many gums. my nutritionist I had said to avoid these because they cause diarrhea which would definitely not help us with UC. I'd also watch dairy intake. I know that I became fairly lactose intolerant with my UC. Organic foods help tremendously as well since they aren't processed and they are more natural.  (+ info)

How do you know the difference between antibiotic side effects and colitis?

So antibiotics can cause stomach cramps and loose stool which are also the symptoms of antibiotic induced colitis.

I have been having these symptoms for about three days now and have been off my antibiotic for three days now. How do I know when it could be a sign of something much worse like colitis?

There's an old hippie cure for this, I've actually used it and it seems to work. Try taking probiotic yogurt (yogurt with active cultures in it) or going to a health food store and taking some of these probiotic pills with bacteria in them. That will help replace some of the bacteria that was lost while you were on antibiotics.

What's happening is that antibiotics did their job so well, they killed the bacteria in your intestinal tract that your body needs to digest food (which is why you're having nasty diarrhea).  (+ info)

What is the difference between "colitis" and "ulcerative colitis"?

I have been trying to find information on colitis and all that seems to come up is information on ulcerative colitis. What is the difference between these two? Are they the same? Also, if you know of any websites or resources that have to do with colitis please post them! Thanks.

Colitis means swelling (inflammation) of the colon viz., large intestine. It is a general term.
CMV gastroenteritis/colitis is inflammation of the stomach or intestine due to infection with cytomegalovirus (CMV).
Pseudomembranous colitis is infection of the large intestine (colon) with an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile bacteria.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory and ulcerative disease arising in the colonic mucosa, characterized most often by bloody diarrhea. Extraintestinal symptoms, particularly arthritis, may occur. Long-term risk of colon cancer is high. Diagnosis is by colonoscopy. Treatment is with 5-aminosalicylic acid, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, anticytokines, antibiotics, and occasionally surgery.  (+ info)

When comparing Chron's disease and ulcerative colitis, which of the following is true?

1.The cause of Chron's disease is known, whereas the cause of ulcerative colitis isn't known.
2. Chron's disease can be found anywhere in the digestive tract, whereas ulcerative colitis is generally found in the colon and rectum.
3. Patients with both conditions benefit equally well from surgery.
4. Ulcerative colitis is remitting, whereas Chron's disease is constant.

I have Crohn's Disease so I'm going on what I have read about them both;

1. False. It's not known what kicks off Crohn's.
2. True. I have Crohn's in both intestine (large & Small) and in my esophagus.
3. Surgery for both can give you years symptom free but can keep coming back, it is not a cure. Trouble is you can run out of intestine to remove after so long.
4. Crohn's Disease can go into remission if treated.

I hope this helps you!! :o)  (+ info)

How can i get a food list of what to eat with Colitis ?

I have Colitis and don't know what to eat . I am 37 yrs old in Pa.
Just diagnosed and is clueless to what this requires. If i could just talk to someone with the some anwers. Thank you very much.

Eat a high fiber diet EXCEPT when you are having a flare-up, then avoid fiber like the plague. You should also regularly drink Ensure shakes because it digests in the upper part of your small intestine(which isn't diseased and can actually absorb the nutrients.)  (+ info)

What foods can i eat with ulcerative colitis?

I have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, i dont really want to go on Steroids as just 10 mg had nasty side effects for me! What foods are safe to eat with UC and promote healing?

If your ulcerative colitis is from gluten intolerance, then you need to avoid ALL gluten containing food. This is found in wheat, rye, barley, sometimes even oats. This includes food processed with wheat flour...like breaded chicken.

I myself kept having colitis back to back (my gyno told me what it was---the pain, bloating, ect), and I cut out gluten. I found out that I can buy GLUTEN FREE oats....and I STILL have a problem with THAT (it was gluten free granola, and just a tablespoon sprinkled on my yogurt put me in AGONY!!). So, I now know that Oats are a HUGE problem for me besides the fact of gluten. BTW, oats themselves usually do not have gluten to begin with---it is the finishing process (they dust the machines with wheat flour to help the oats cut and pass smoothly through the machines).

Some people have a lactose problem too....luckily, I do not.

If you search the internet, you may find some good (or some not so good) information on ulcerative colitis and or gluten free. Unfortunately, the normal "BRAT diet" (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast does not always work for this, as the TOAST is usually loaded with gluten if it is normal bread....and only makes the problem worse.)

Hope this info helps you out. Feel better, good luck!!  (+ info)

What is the youngest diagnosed case of Ulcerative Colitis?

Im worried my son has Ulcerative Colitis. I have another open question but no one has answered. My son is 5 1/2 mnths and Im concerned he has U.C. Does anyone know the youngest diagnosed case?

I know of a 4 year old with U/C that goes to the same doctor that treats me. It is a desease that has had a lot of research done on it but has few asnswers. A few things that I found out was: it is found in a lot of people that move from an agrarian to urban settings and is also believed to be stress related.( I don't know what kind of stress a 4 year old could have.) You may want to talk to your doctor about an asacol treatment and if it is appropriate  (+ info)

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