A BIG Thank you to Jennifer, Amanda, Lisa and Brandee for your questions. For sure there are tons of other UC’ers with very similar if not identical questions like yours.
And, for anybody who has some comments or additional ideas, please feel free to post them below in the comments sections.
Here are the questions once again:Question from Jennifer:
Hi Adam, Just a quick question. I gave up on medication a while ago realizing the side effects just made life worse. I’ve been trying to manage my flare ups through diet, however lately the pain and blood has been extremely bad. I’m not one to go to the doctor, any suggestions as to when or if I would need to go? I haven’t been in a year. Thanks JenniferQuestion from Amanda:
I am sorry to pester, my name is Amanda from UK.
I joined you a month or so ago.
I have a question for you. I hope you don’t mind answering.
Am I to understand that the only thing that has helped would be the dirt for you, not your medication .
Only I have tried the olive oil it worked a little, I tried the diet using the chicken soup and egg for several days but bled on introducing solid food I am so ready to give up I see blood every day!
Nothing is working and I am afraid that this is going to get worse not better.
Hope you don’t mind me asking.
Comments: I have been symptom free for a year now. However thru the holidays I must have over endulged alittle and now in a flare up. Blood, cramping, urgency…uggh :( I have only eaten chicken and chicken broth (homemade), 1 avacado and 1 egg for the last 4 days. Still having some issues. How long after getting back to strict diet do your flare ups go away. I truly miss my smoothies!!! 1 other question…..are you able to tolerate decalf coffee at all?Brandee’s Question:
My name is Brandee I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 21.. I first used corticosteroid enemas to get this under control and I have had success at only taking Apriso. I am now expecting, my GI doctor has told me I am ok to continue with my medication but I wanted to ask my Ob doc as well.. He hasn’t given me a straight forward answer as to wether it is ok or not.. At first I was fine but now just under 16 weeks and I’m in a flare. Has anyone taken their meds while pregnant and been ok?
Thanks again for your questions, and wishing you all the best in 2015!
(and the link to the pregnancy survey results for those who want to check that out right now is here:
– Adam Scheuer