I’m Mike- eastern European white Jewish genetic background, my family had varying degrees of the same illness and symptoms like ulcerative colitis.
I’ve had some alcohol and some substance use in the past.Trying to exercise and recoop in my 40’s the disease came on full force at around at the late 4o’s. 1)excessive bleeding – eventually I found that eliminating alcohol and dairy (milk cheese)meat also as its hard to digest.
Bleeding was 25 x’s a day the pain wore me down to being in bed alot (also got anemic) and need to stop or the intestine would have to come out going to a colostomy – I finally found Cats Claw ( Una DeGato a vine bark from South American Amazon – controls inflammation ulcers ,cancer , arthritis ) tea will eliminate the bleeding .Bleeding now 90 % gone but the still discomfort & occasionally a spasm/ irregular bathroom scene with painful visits 2/ night , as well as avoidance to many foods . My routine now includes suflazalazine ( no more mesalamine/Lialda & its bleeding side effect , BLEEDING? that’s what I’m trying to stop,Marijuana for stress & have a glass of spearmint or mild tea with 2 spoons of honey 1 st thing in the morning.
Something interesting about me:
Playing my instruments is a great way to take my mind off my problems / relax , reading,ect and allows me to be home if its a rough day . On a good day will still able able to take ride on my motorcycle , go shopping ,ect.
Occasional lite bleeding, sparse bm’s , a little constipated but loose and some pain in bowel movement – will wake 1-2 times to go during sleep hours.
Stopped the expensive mesalamine like Lialda , could not take steroids for too long _ bad side effects , antibiotics cannot be used for long and only for emergency- now ear carefully – use Cats Clay to stop bleeding – eating mostly gluten free , minimal sugar , very little dairy ( rice milk and Chexs cereal/ a little banana on occasion ) natural preserve – low sugar on 3 Bakers bread toasted. Gluten free / organic rice , eggs , fish , if you like yogurt , always will be a ADVENTURE – LOL
written by Mike G
submitted in the colitis venting area