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I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in Oct 2015 and prescribed 30mg Prednisolone and 4g oral Pentasa Mesalazine per day. I was done with the Prednisolone by Christmas and have continued with 2g Mesalazine pd occasionally supplemented with 1g of Pentasa Mesalazine by suppository as the inflammation seems most stubborn lowest down and constant visits to the bathroom gave me a painful bout of haemerroids. All this seems to have settled down now. Stools are now formed and I only need to go to the bathroom once a day. I really did think that things were much better. I had been seeing my consutant monthly but last time he said I do not need to see him for another four months.
However, these last two weeks I have suffered from awful feelings of nausea and painful gas in the oesophagus - alleviated by burping but pretty much plaguing me throughout the day as do the feelings of nausea. There is no burning or taste of acid just a feeling of pressure.
I do have a hiatus hernia which was diagnosed several years ago but don’t take proton pump inhibitors. I never got on with them and learned how to control the symptoms with diet. I have not changed my diet in any way and am wondering if the feelings of nausea and gas are to do with the Mesalazine. From the notes in the drug packet I see that these symptoms can be a side effect of the drug but it perplexes me that these symptoms have started now over six months after starting the drug. Does it build up in the system and could that be a reason for these symptoms to have started now? Has anyone else experienced this and can throw some light? Thank you.
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