I am a 38-year-old busy full time working mom with two toddlers. I was recently diagnosed with UC (about 3 months ago) and learning how to deal with it.
A little bit more about me:
I live in California. I like running, working out when I can find the time. I have had sevearl carrers that have brought me close to some of the world’s greatest celebrities. I have a husband who doesn’t understand UC and thinks it is all in my head.
Colitis Symptoms I’m Experiencing:
Urgency, bloody mucous stool. :)
My Colitis Story:
I was recently diagnosed with UC. I was not very happy about it at first, but once I started taking Asacol the symptoms went away and for the first time in ten months, I had a regular bowel movement. So then I thought, naively, what is all the fuss about, this isn’t so bad. Obviously, it doesn’t go away. While I have only been on Asacol a few months, it has stopped working. I also use the lovely enemas when I had a flare up. My questions to those who have been dealing with this disease are this:
How much of treating this disease is medication and how much is food? My GI doc says it has nothing to do with food. My PCP says that the GI doc’s response is the same as most, because the GI’s haven’t seen substantial scientific evidence that controlling diet can help control the disease.
What am I to do?
My problem is that I recently had a baby and need to still get rid of baby weight. The diet restrictions to help treat the disease seems to basically eliminate fiber, but fiber in the form of fruits and vegetables are what any weight loss regime. So, in order to get rid of the baby weight, I have not been following an Ulcerative Colitis diet, but my flare ups have been many and not going away so I am beginning to think that diet has a lot to do with controlling UC.
Not to mention that I do have a couple of glasses of wine at the end of the day. I am sure that doesn’t help.
Any advice is greatly appreciated, I am beginning to find myself getting into a depressed state thinking that medicine doesn’t work, but a diet to control symptoms and to help lose weight is impossible too.
written by Busy UC Mom
submitted in the colitis venting area