I’m a 27 year old female from Manchester and being treated for UC.
I work in the operating theatre so see enough poop to even try to deal with a flare up!! Thank god for maternity leave!
Some more about me:
Dry…… That’s how my family and friends describe me, I like to think I’m just honest.
Not long had my first baby, a little girl, I cannot describe how much I love her, makes colitis bearable.
Currently living in United Kingdom.
Achy joints….27 and I feel 97!! The tiredness is also grueling.
Not long had a test done as I think I may have a stomach ulcer, or could be the UC further around the colon than I’m hoping for :-(
UC at 28 Weeks Pregnant
HELP PLEASE!! SUFFERING WITH SUSPECTED UC AND RATHER CONFUSED ON DIETING AS DOCTORS ARE SO AGAINST CHANGING MY DIET.
I was 28 weeks pregnant and bam…….mucus, bloody stools, toileting 30 times a day as well as trying to work 40 hours a week in an operating theatre, it was torture!
After numerous visits to the GP and hospital I was finally admitted with high ketones and a viral infection, apparently this was causing my diarrhea. My stools were tested, how it was missed is laughable!!
36 weeks pregnant and worse then ever, I finished work at 35 weeks and was now under a obstetric consultant as my uterus was at risk of contraction due to my toilet antics…..however still no diagnosis.
Just before giving up work I spoke to a colorectal surgeon and told him my symptoms, straight away he said UC. I was booked in for an emergency sigmoidoscopy (37 weeks) where I had 8 biopsies showing signs of UC. I was sent home with foam enemas (impossible to do), and told to wait for the results.
Within 24 hours I was admitted onto ante natal ward on drips with ketones and an infection but doctors didn’t know where it was. I was seen by the Gastro consultant who put me on 40mg of IV Prednisolone, 40mg Omeprazole, Mesalazine (6 tabs a day) and a suppository at night.
Within 3 days I felt a different person, still suffering but not nearly as much. Was discharged after 6 days on meds, although I was a cm dilated due to continuous pushing during bowel movements. I was due in the following week to be induced as baby’s heart rate was high due to meds.
I managed 4 hours at home and my waters went, baby had done a bowel movement inside due to stress!
I was started off straight away on a drip and IV steroids and antibiotics due to my temp hitting 40 during labour, why? Because I had E. coli which I then passed onto my baby girl resulting in her being in special care for 15 days!!
Having UC whilst pregnant is bad enough but becoming sceptic due to being told for weeks I had a viral infection is just frightening. Thank god I was so poorly during labour otherwise we would of been sent home and my baby may not be here right now.
Sorry to put the whole site to sleep (if you read long enough) but I can’t stop thinking about how much my life has changed and how I’m never going to be the same person as I was this time last year.
My little girl is 12 weeks old and thank god she is more than perfect and developing beautifully, been after 3 lumbar punchers and numerous cannulas, plus being alone in a room away from her mummy. I just wish I wasn’t tired and I wasn’t achy or I wasn’t worrying that we can go to play group incase mummy needs the toilet. I just wish I didn’t have UC!!!
After 18 hours of labour and being so ill with the infection we are both lucky to be here but why is there no cure??
Please tell me this diet will work for me!!
Recently seen my consultant who said I am being treated for UC but the biopsies didn’t come back with UC.
Currently taking Mesalazine (6 tabs a day) and due back in clinic in 4 months depending on the results regarding the ulcer.
written by Celine
“Hi Adam just want to say thanks for making this site worldwide and accessible to UC sufferers. Hope my story isn’t too long winded.
Can I download your books for the kindle? “
Thank you so much for sharing your story, and CONGRATS TO YOU AND YOUR BABY for making through such a tuff time. There have been many stories about pregnancy with UC, and your story is for sure a major SURVIVOR story! And you should be very proud of yourself for doing so well.
I’m really glad you’re making use of the website, there’s tons of information here you can use whenever you have an internet connection.
One survey I’d recommend you read if you have not already is the “Colitis Joint Pain Survey“. Lots of input from 99 UC’ers in there.
As for the ebooks I have written for UC’ers, once ordered you’ll receive a link to instantly download all of them. The download includes both books in PDF format and also in EPUB format, so it should be no problem viewing with a Kindle, iPad, or most other tablet type devices and regular computers or laptops are no problem either.
I’m sure you’re like nearly every other UC’er who is interested in treating the symptoms with diet, and for sure it’s frustrating considering nearly all western med trained doctors see no reason to give that a try. And unfortunately, I’m pretty much thru with talking about that dead end topic here. I’ve had too many hard craps and years of feeling good to go along with that narrow minded thinking. I live by outcomes, especially when it comes to UC. I really would say, listen to your body, monitor what you eat, and you’ll come to a happy spot soon enough.
AND FOR SURE.
One more time, “FOR SURE”, it is entirely possible for you to once again feel and think just like you did prior to having your UC symptoms, maybe even better. AND, you’ll be more compassionate and understanding of others as well. That’s a benefit we all get from UC (Look at Graham from UK. He was a grumped out Englishman when we first met him, now he’s helping to save the free and not so free world with EVOO. Just kidding G, you were never a grump:)
Best to you Celine (and your fam:),