Introduction to Lesley:
I live in the south of Ireland, female, 46. Been diagnosed officially with UC for a month. Never heard of colitis until now. Looking to contact others with the same condition in Ireland if possible.
Ulcerative Colitis in Ireland:
As much as I find this site really useful, I’m finding it hard to relate to some of the content because most of it is American. In Ireland/UK, we have different words for different drugs (or maybe they ARE different drugs), I don’t know. I could really do with hearing from others, preferably in Ireland as there doesn’t seem to be a separate forum in this country.
I got sick last August and had my colonoscopy at the beginning of December. I’d never even heard of colitis before. The doctor at the hospital put me on 6 wks of Mezavant XL and rectal Prednisolone. In my ignorance, I thought that I would take the meds and be cured! Ha ha. ( This was mainly because the doctor told me that the colitis could just burn itself out, which I thought meant, GO AWAY).
Unfortunately, there were 4 extra days between finishing my meds and my return appt. for my diagnosis, therefore I ended up with a full blown flare up which I wasn’t having before, I’d never had the excrutiating stomach cramps the first time round, just bleeding and the feeling that I had to go to the loo all the time.
Anyhow, I’m better now, but have to take a 12 day course of oral steroids which I’m none too happy about. I’m trying to keep a food diary to find out what my stomach likes/dislikes. Today it didn’t like soup, so I have stomach pain again. My GP tells me that because I have been vegetarian for years and had a pretty good diet, that I probably held off from getting the colitis for a long time. I don’t know. I do know I’ve been in a really stressful relationship for the past 4 years which is now ending and I can’t help wondering, looking at some of people’s experiences with stress on this site, if that has been a factor.
Upwards and onwards.
What Medications am I Taking: