Hi my name is Mike and I have had UC for about 10 years. I have been following the SCD for about 3 years and have had some ups and downs during this time. I feel now I know where I have been going wrong so hopefully its full steam ahead and onwards to healthville!
- First had signs of UC at university in 2002. Pretty much ignored it and hoped it might go away. Almost certainly kicked off by course of antibiotics.
- Eventually saw a doc. Was initially told it was IBS and put on fibre supplements and anti-spasmodics.
- Got diagnosed with UC by a gastro in summer 2003 and put on prednisolone and anti-inflammatories.
- Believed everything the docs told me (surely they know best, right?) including stuff about diet having no effect on UC.
- Kept the UC in a manageable state with steroids for about 6 or so years. Had a bone scan and found out I had signs of osteoporosis.
- Decided I didn’t want to be on the drugs for the rest of my life and so started looking online for some answers.
- Found out about SCD and bought Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Read it in a couple of sittings. It was such a huge eye-opener. It made so much sense and gave me great optimism about the future. Found the Yahoo group and a few other resources online.
- Started the diet without the intro – straight into almond muffins and nut butters – as a way of easing myself in. Then started again with the intro.
- First few months were REALLY tough. I guess it was getting my body used to burning fats instead of carbs and probably some die off mixed in but whatever it was it was tough going.
- I ended up having the die offs at 3 monthly intervals as mentioned in BTVC(Breaking the Vicious Cycle). They were tough too but after each one I’d notice new levels of improvement so this spurred me on.
- After a year and a half on the SCD my food list was still really restricted. With hindsight I think this is where things started to go wrong for me. I was still eating mainly intro foods with a few additions here and there.
- Finding out about the SCD naturally led me to follow the progress of others to see what extra tweaks succeeded for them. This led me to taking antifungals to try and further improve my already improving situation.
- It was when I started ingesting oregano oil in reasonably large doses that things went really wrong for me. I think this wiped out my good bugs as well as the bad ones and then new bad ones proliferated particularly candida which I hadn’t had a problem with before.
- This was the beginning of a tough year for me. I struggled with the candida and now, with hindsight, see that I was undernourished from cutting my food list even harder to remove all the sugars. I ended up removing the dairy too which of course meant the majority of my already measly amounts of fat calories.
- During this time I really struggled with brain fog, anxiety and fatigue which I put solely down to the candida and so just powered through on a really unhealthy low calorie diet to try and get rid of the candida.
- Then I lost my job and became pretty depressed. I’d been on my own restrictive version of SCD for about 3 years at this point and was underweight and my body was unable to cope with the stressful situation.
- In January of this year I ended up having a big flare up. I hadn’t had a non-SCD related flare up for about 3 and a half years and the symptoms of those had been solely gut-based. This time I ended up with joint pain, swollen ankles, lumps on my legs. I was back to 10+ bowel bloody bowel movements including getting up about 4 times a night. Not good.
- Docs put me back on the steroids for 8 weeks.
- Fortunately this did the trick and I’m now in remission again and with a much stronger resolve to improve my diet and increase my food list and put some weight on.