Ulcerative Colitis Tips

One of the 15,000 ulcerative colitis folks using the site adds:
"Like many UCers I have spent many hours trawling the internet googling the condition and came across your website a few years ago. I read your ebook and really liked your honesty and humour. As everyone says your positivity is so encouraging and now this is my go to website when I'm thinking about UC. Thankfully my symptoms are pretty much under control at the moment but just wanted to say thanks." Kate

Recently Diagnosed with UC

9 days ago I found myself on the toilet and nothing but blood came out.

I went to the emergency room and they admitted me. I was in for 4 days, had a colonoscopy and was told I have UC. My BP was 80/50 for the longest time. They finally sent me home with a prescription of Azulfadine. I just returned to work today and so far I guess it’s been okay, other than the fact that I have not had a solid bowel movement since I had this episode. Does it ever return to normal?

I’m a 40 yr old F, no children, I had IBS for years (I think it runs in my family – my father, brother and neice have it) now I guess I’ve moved up to UC.

3 Responses to Recently Diagnosed with UC

  1. Adam
    Adam October 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    HI there,
    I was thinking the exact same thing for quite some time, actually, I let the bowel movements get away from me for so long before being diagnosed that in all reality, I think i’d forgotten what a normal one felt/looked like. Also forgot what a normal amount of time on the toilet was too. not sure why i started thinking 30 minute bathroom episodes were the norm(sure did alot of magazine and newspaper reading though..)
    For me, the bowel movements over the past year are not normal when compared to someone who is not a UC person, but, I have been able to get things formed again most of the time, also I’ve been able to bring down my TIB (time in bathroom) to a more reasonable number of 5-10 minutes.
    I control my UC with a diet change (the SCD diet) and I’m off medications for a year now, so things are looking pretty good. I know there are people who have had great results with medications as well.
    One things for sure, you are not alone in wondering what is up with the bowel movements. I think it would be safe to say that every single person with UC has thought or is thinking the same thing at some point(s) in time.
    I wish you great success with your current treatment.

  2. Tony (UK) October 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    Hi, Like you I have only recently been diagnosed with UC and unfortunately apart from the bleeding finally deciding to stop, I continue to suffer stomach pain and feel unwell. But don’t let that bring you down or think that it will the same for you. I have found by reading Adams advise and other experiences on his site, we are all different and don’t necessarily display the same symptoms or at least the effects that we do, affects different people in different ways. Hope things go well for you.

  3. Peter NZ October 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    Hi dude,
    It can get better. I have followed advice from this site and eliminated wheat from my feed with great results (I never eat meat also).
    She’ll be right,

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