My name is Justin from new Mexico. I’m 26 and was diagnosed with moderate uc two weeks ago along with a hernia in my esophagus. I was real into bodybuilding and fitness and have always had a fairly healthy diet. But now I’m a little lost with all of this news._
It all started about 2 months ago when I started noticing a little blood after using the restroom. A combination of no health insurance and being a knucklehead led me to do nothing about it. About a month of bloody bathroom time passed then about 3 and a half weeks ago after eating out at a restaurant I got a pretty nasty belly ache. Next day the pain was still there and I started have pure liquid bowl movements with a lot of blood. I still didn’t bother to see a doctor or anything just kept working and going to the gym. But after a couple days of pain and lots of potty breaks I noticed my weight was dropping pretty rapidly. After two weeks of increasing pain and bleeding I started to get very week and could not do my job, almost passed out climbing up a ladder and fell a few times. Finally I went to the er. I was 171 pounds before the symptoms started and at the emergency room I weighed 150. They admitted me immediately and I spent a week in the hospital. After the colonoscopy they diagnosed me with “moderate ulcerative colitis” and started me on prednisone 40mg and mesalamine.
After I got out of the hospital I was 135 pounds and pure bone.
It has now been 7 days and I am back to work and feeling somewhat decent. With the help of prednisone I’ve gained about 6 pounds back all in the gut (which looks weird on a skinny skeleton body) still pretty weak and get tired easy but everyday is better then the one before it. I am still in shock as this all happened so fast, any feedback would be much much appreciated. I have questions like will I have to be on steroids for ever? Will I flare up as soon as I’m off them? Will I ever be able to eat a steak again? And I know recovery is most important but will I ever be able to live my previous life of weight lifting and bodybuilding?
Where I’d Like to be in 1 year: