Hello! I am a 30 year old Dental Assistant, living in Virginia. I got married a little over a year ago to a hunky fireman and became a first time mommy in November to a beautiful baby girl! I love my job, love my life! Looking forward to getting some control of this disease!
Some more about me:
I love spending time at home with my family and friends. Cooking is a huge passion of mine, the food network is usually on! I believe laughing is the best medicine, making people laugh always makes my day :)
Currently I am experiencing diarrhea, severe blood, mucous and gas….pretty much every gross symptom that’s out there lol
Where to Get Started? Very Overwhelmed!
Hello there everyone, and Adam! I am so glad I found this website, I have been searching this site for suggestions, answers and any kind of insight I can find on how to get some control of my UC. My symptoms started the month after my daughter was born, December 2012. I saw my general physician shortly after I noticed the blood (really freaked me out!) and was sent to a local GI. Got my colonoscopy in February 2013 and was diagnosed with the UC! My Dr started me on Asacol and mesalamine enemas, I started to feel better and was relieved! About 2 weeks later, I started with HORRIBLE cramping and worsening symptoms, I stopped the Asacol and enemas and started to feel better, so I was thinking it was the medication giving me a bad reaction. I was doing pretty good for about a month when symptoms began again, tried Asacol/enemas again and after only 2 days I was in so much pain I couldn’t bear it. The Dr then did agree that he thinks the meds were to blame, and we decided to give me a break of meds for a while and see what would happen, was doing fine until about a month ago. This is the worst it’s been so far, the blood loss is scary for me! I am now taking 40mg Prednisone once a day, been on this for 3 weeks with no relief. I have been reading about the SCD diet and am willing to try anything. My question is, do I tell my GI that I want off the steroid and am going to try controlling this with diet? Or do I go about this without him? I can’t imagine he would be pleased that I don’t want to be on meds for the rest of my life (how else do they make money??). Do I need to quit the steroid completely before trying this? And why hasn’t the steroid worked? I kinda was under the impression that it was a sure-fire fix?
I am really bummed that this disease is going to change my entire life. I love to eat, I love to cook, and although I will still be able to do both, it just won’t be the same. I am lucky to have a supportive family and husband who will help me through anything. I am starting to get overwhelmed at all the information out there, I wish I would just know what was going to work! I am not a patient person, so coming to the realization that curing myself over night isn’t going to happen has been hard. I would love some feedback on how to get started with diet changes etc…I plan on ordering the SCD diet book soon, but am a little worried on how extreme it is. Thank you everyone in advance!
Currently on 40mg Prednisone once/day .
Bad reactions to Asacol, Mesalamine enemas. Steroid suppositories did not help, nor did Canasa. So far I’ve not gotten relief from anything!
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