Just a brief update on my blog from last week . . . I met my deadline late last Friday and by Sunday my gut was much happier and pretty much back to normal. I had continued to eat my bland diet and worked in some yoga and meditation at least every other day, if not every day. This week I've gone back to eating normally (at least to my version of "normal"), having pretty normal bm's, getting more and better sleep, and ultimately feeling more energetic. So, while my UC isn't "caused" by stress, it sure does play a role in how my body feels.
Onto other topics...
IBD and Pap Smears
I read an interesting report about the increased incidence of abnormal pap smears in women who have IBD. A report was printed in the March issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology that detailed a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The researchers found that women who have IBD are 4.3 times more likely to have abnormal pap smears than women without IBD. And those women with IBD who had also been exposed to immunomodulators - drugs used to modulate the activity of the immune system - were 4.5 times more likely to have abnormal pap smears.
Mesalamine Could Reduce Colon Cancer Risk
In another study I read from last October it said that the anti-inflammtory drug, Mesalamine seemed to protect patients with IBD against developing colorectal cancer. The study sponsors, who presented their findings at the October, 2007 meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, said that the findings made sense because increased inflammation usually means an increased risk of developing cancer. So, by reducing the inflammation, which is what Mesalamine does, the risk of developing cancer is reduced as well.
Ginger as a Pain Reliever?
I've not tried this, but I read an article in Body & Soul magazine claiming that taking 2,000 - 4,000 mg. of ginger can decrease arthritis pain as much as an NSAID. I've always heard that ginger was a great anti-inflammatory but if it really helps with arthritis-like pain I have to wonder if it would help with other types of pain like menstrual cramps. As an IBDer I've not taken an NSAID in more than ten years and I just may try this "natural" remedy next time I have muscular pain.
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