Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitus 2011 after quitting smoking. Did not put smoking and UC together until now even though I restarted smoking and had been symptom free until I quit again. Had a flare used a few left over cortenemas and symptoms stopped, of course during the stress of the flare started smoking again. Finally it dawned on me this year when I quit smoking and had another flare to google smoking and UC.
Some more about me:
Real Estate Agent, married with a great 2 year old monkey (son). Lived in Jalisco, Mexico for a couple years. Did some house flipping which was fun. 38 years young.
Flare is flaring down :). Started smoking again and taking enemas, suppositories, and apriso….what a life :)!
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Shall I smoke for the rest of my life or have flare ups? Not fair that trying to be healthy causes bloody poop! :)
I can handle the enemas pretty well now but suppositories still bug the poop out of me, maybe not literally.
I’m on a high deductible health insurance plan and have found meds hellatiously expensive. I decided to start shopping pharmacies. I can’t believe how pissed people get when I don’t say fill and I say price. The interesting thing was I had a script for cortenemas 20 (they come in packs of 7 silly doctor) and I went to walmartian pharmacy (hey it’s walmart should be cheap right?) $512 smackers for that one…….I said no. Walgreens had a generic $269 smackers again said no. Then I went online to goodrx.com they not only gave me a prescription plan number but told me an estimate of $90 bucks at CVS? Not believing I went in to CVS expecting them to laugh and then they filled it and it was actually only $81? How can it be that some people get charged 512 and I got it for 81? In fact the only thing that I can’t find reasonably is of course what my GI guy wants me to take daily (apriso or asacol). If anybody has a cheap way to corner the market on those bad boys that aren’t $2 a pill when I have to take 4 of them daily I would be all ears.
Anyway that’s me smoker or bloody poop………what a decision. I guess I’ll be smoking for at least the near future…….colon cancer/lung cancer at least I like smoking although it pisses me off that I have to. I have to admit this is first time I’m smoking and really don’t want to!
Before I realized the lack of cigarettes made me flair I became a vegan smoker and thought it was the diet that was helping me. I think this evening I’m going to eat a tbone and bowl of ice cream….just kidding.
written by Andrew M
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