I am a 35 year old active woman who is a social worker. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis three years ago. I am finding it difficult to manage my symptoms.
Some more background:
I am a passionate person who loves to learn about cultures, philosophy, psychology and different points of views. I enjoy poetry, art, sports, soccer, nature walking…I like to sleep in!
Symptoms of Colitis:
I have bloody stools, bloating, stomach cramps and fatigue
I am currently taking mesalazine 4 tablets a day and mesalazine enemas every day. Do these effect sex drive? Are they safe drugs?
Also do you have any other recommendations for natural therapies? I have tried not eating gluten and no eggs, limiting milk as well.
I am running out of ideas and I really need support from anyone who has found some natural therapies as being effective. Also have anyone tried fecal transplants? My friend is using those transplants and has found them effective but my specialist said not to play around with the flora inside our gut. As we have over a billion bacteria and its difficult to understand what causes Ulcerative colitis. I am afraid it wil get worse but I am trying to keep positive. I only have one colonoscopy per year at this stage and the results were ok. It seemed I had 5 cm of ulcerative bowels and it was mild. But I am now getting symptoms everyday and Its effecting my mental health now.
I am really looking for as many stories as possible that were effective in managing symptoms. I found Inner health plus to be effective, the probiotic, but it only lasted 2 days and the bleeding returned.
I am wanting also as many tips about diet. Do you think diet is important? Are there any foods which effect flare ups? Are there any foods which help?
I guess everyone is different so its trial and error at times but I guess I just want the symptoms to go away so I can rest for one day at least. I am lucky because I can still work and exercise so I am trying to keep as positive as I can about my condition. I really admore those who are also living with it as we need to keep strong
I have been on sulphazalazine 4 tablets a day for three years and enemas too
written by Lisa
submitted in the colitis venting area