Female, age 30, and from the great state of Texas. Diagnosed in April 2011 because of a ruptured ovarian cyst and the same time as a flare-up. Gluten-free (ish) and carbonation free since June 2011.
I’ve had constant pain in my right side for over a year now. It’s sort of how the whole thing started. I was on a work trip and was so sick with what I now know is UC, plus I had an ovarian cyst that ruptured at the same time. I thought I was dying…or at least had a ruptured appendix. Went to the doctor that next monday and they did a scan that showed two issues. The first was the ruptured cyst but the other showed the narrowing of the colon (I guess inflammation). They thought it might be Crohn’s so I had a colonoscopy.
Anyway, after the initial colonoscopy I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis plus some active ulcers. I’ve tried to go gluten-free instead of taking all the meds. The meds were supposed to be 2 pills 3 times a day. I always forget to eat lunch so i knew that it probably wouldnt work for me. Instead I’ve done gluten-free and it’s worked up until the past few months. The pain has returned in the same spot. Now, I haven’t been as strict with the gluten free but am getting back into the very strict stage. Oh, I also gave up all carbonated beverages at the same time as going gluten-free. The carbonation (even from my beloved pellegrino) was giving me awful reflux, but it might have also been due to the prenatal vitamins that i was taking that had fish oil.
Do other people have a constant pain that doesn’t go away? Sometimes it’s worse than others, but usually it’s just a dull pain that doesn’t go away.
Also, have any women experienced infertility because of UC? It’s been over a year and a half of trying and i’ve heard that it can have an impact.
currently on none because the one that was prescribed was 2 pills, 3 times a day and i knew that i wouldn’t remember so i chose to change my diet. seems to have worked up until now.
–submitted in the Colitis Venting Area by an anonymous UC’er