Does Taking Supplements Help Your Ulcerative Colitis?
My name is Maggie. I’m 61 yrs. old, live in Oregon, near Portland with my boyfriend of 9 1/2 years I work as a part-time housekeeper and also collect disability. We lead a quiet life with our 3 cats. I knit a lot and am a vendor.
My Colitis Experience:
I was diagnosed with UC about 8 years ago because of a bad flare because I had quit smoking. I actually had UC for many years before but it was mild. Unfortunately I started smoking and quit a couple more times before I finally quit 2- 1/2 years ago.
I went on Remicade for a few months early on but had to quit because of the out-of-pocket costs even though I got financial help with the co-pay. It stopped my flare the first day of infusion. I went back on it one more time but quit again because of costs.
I also have psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and chronic fatigue.
I used Enbrel and methotrexate for about 5 years, which helped my arthritis but I was also smoking again. After the last time I quit, I went on prednisone and azathiaprine because of a bad flare. I got real sick, like flu sick and stayed that way for 3 weeks! I’d never been sick that long ever! My flare quit, I quit the prednisone, which I’d gained 10 lbs. on, quit the azathioprine. Eventually I had to quit drinking alchohol. That was in Nov. of 2009. The Enbel stopped working for my arthritis so I went on Humira. Then the following April I had a mild UC flare so I went back on azathioprine. I was sick for 8 days and on that day I came into the kitchen, feeling better, and saw the dose of azathioprine on the counter so I took it. Within an hour I had diarrhea again and was vomiting, then I knew it was the azathioprine!
I also take a lot of supplements.
Does anyone else get results from supplements,
like aloe or golden seal?
I’m just getting over the worst flare ever from medications given to me by the naturopath like anti-fungal for candida in the gut.
Humira 40mg., bi-weekly
methotrexate 2.5 mg. once weekly
Entocort 3 mg.
The entocort for this last flare has worked well, it took a few days to kick in. The Humira works pretty well, I went off it for 7 months while seeing the naturepath, am back on again.
written by Maggie
submitted in the Colitis Venting Area
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