Hi, My name is Timo, I’m 65 retired computer and electronics engineer and non-fiction eBook author. My motive is to share my positive experiences how I’ve managed to improve the quality of my life with Ulcerative Colitis.
Some more background info:
I was born in Helsinki Finland and now I have been living in Penedo RJ Brazil for 25 years with my wife and four dogs.
Nowadays my symptoms are few. I take, not regularly, sulfasalazine called Azulfin 500 mg. The daily need to go to toilet is one or two times. Below I’ll tell you what I did.
Four Positive Changes
My UC was diagnosed in 1994 after a severe flair up. In that time UC was not very commonly known disease in Brazil and the first doctor said that I have probably AIDS as I was loosing a lot weight. I didn’t believe him and I went to see another doctor, gastroenterologist this time and he diagnosed it as UC but he was not a specialist in Ulcerative Colitis and he sent me to the only one in Rio. He started the treatment Prednisone. It took three months to get back to remission. Then came a problem where to get sulfasalazine as it was not sold in Brazil. That time airline company Varig had a special service to import medicines that were not available n Brazil and I was treated with imported and very expensive drug. Ever since I have managed to get by with this literally shitty disease.
Lately I have made four major changes in my life:
The first change for the better came when I learned that probiotics can be of help in UC and I tried it. A year ago I started to take probiotics called Yakult daily and to hurry to toilet and “accidents” became much fewer.
The second change was not to eat red meat. I noticed that after having participated a Brazilian BBQ party the next day was always difficult.
Third one was to quit beer. This I learned from iHaveUC pages and decided to try it and I feel better now.
The fourth is that I heard that to take sodium bicarbonate with lemon juice has a body Ph balancing effect that can help bowel function better among the other things. As we have a lemon tree full of fruits in our back yard, I started to take it first thing in the morning. Now the need to go to toilet is once a day.
The text above is my story of the changes that helped my life. I have made them with my doctor’s approval. I am aware that these kind of things are always individual and anyone that is willing to try them, please consult prior your doctor.
Medications / Supplements:
Four Positive Changes
1. Probiotics (Yakult in my case)
2. No red meat. (Well, living in BBQ paradise it’s pretty hard to say no to it)
3. No beer. (Hard decision for a beer lover)
4. Lemon juice with sodium bicarbonate
written by Timo
submitted in the colitis venting area