I am a 42 y/o woman with a wonderful husband and an amazing 4 y/o little girl and a 1 1/2 y/o son. I am a Physical Therapist working very part time and loving it.
Some more about me:
I was born in Canada but now live in the US. I am an avid sports fan, love to play soccer, softball and watch pretty much any sport! I love yoga and spending time with my family outdoors!
I am in a bad flare. I have lost 10-12 lbs from my 115 lb frame. Bloody and mucousy diarrhea. These have been getting better with the GAPS diet, a branch of the SCD.
New to Colitis and Curious
I was Not officially diagnosed with ulcerative colitis until July 2012 after dealing with symptoms from 1996-2003. at that time, i had returned from a 4 ‘month holiday in Europe and had terrible stomach bloating, gas, constipation/diarrhea which ultimately turned into diarrhea that was relentless. i had a colonoscopy and they said there may have been a “touch of colitis” but gave me the diagnosis of IBS. i managed things by completely restricting my diet until 2003 when a friend told me about a juice called “xango”. It is made from the mangosteen fruit and has many healing properties. i drank 3oz a day for 1 month and low and behold, an interesting occurrence happened when i had a BM one day and I never had symptoms after that day in early 2003. I guess, I went into remission unknowingly. until, i gave birth to my daughter….symptoms which i chalked up to hemorrhoids showed up and a prescription steroid cream took care of things ….lucky me! Then, I gave birth to my son and ended up with two bouts of mastitis which required antibiotics…well, that set me into a bad flare. Hoping once again that it was hemorrhoids I went to my primary doc. She thought it sounded suspicious and referred me to a GI. The colonoscopy revealed ulcerative colitis in my rectum. I tried masala mine enemas which didn’t work and hydrocortisone acetate and Canada suppositories which only worked when combined with prednisone. I was close to remission in February of this year on hydrocortisone suppositories. We went on a trip to Hawaii, where I caught a stomach bug and am now in the worst flare I have yet experienced.
I am curious about medications that have helped others induce remission along with diet options, fecal transplants, lifestyle changes, etc. I do not want to go on immuno suppressors and/or bio genetics.
written by Casper
submitted in the colitis venting area