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Colitis vs Flu, Bronchitis and Pneumonia

Art-C-Colitis-survivorMy name is Art Chobanian. I live in Ukraine and I was diagnoses with UC in 2001. I am a very active seeker of the ways to gain long-lasting remission and do my best to help people from Ukraine and Russia learn more and more about UC.

Some more info:

I was a very active sportsman and colitis simply ruined all my sporting life. Now fighting colitis is my greatest challenge. I like cooking, playing mind games and walk a lot.

Some Great News:

I am currently on remission”

Art’s Story – Colitis vs. Flu, Bronchitis, and Pneumonia

Hello, UCers!

It’s winter time yet and right now in my city there are thousands of people who have and are getting sick. Some of them get well really fast but the majority get complications, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

I’d like to get some more info from you on how you, people from different places of the world cope with simple cold/flu and such severe disease as bronchitis or even pneumonia.

The reason I am asking this is because we all have our immune system compromised, especially if you are taking Prednisone for many years.

Another thing is that we cannot take as may drugs as other people for most of the drugs are prohibited for us, UCers.

Some years ago I got pneumonia and the doctors were careless about my colitis, which simply ruined my life for about half a year as they prescribed me two antibiotics that are not allowed if you have Ulcerative Colitis.

I was too weak and sick to understand what was going on, but that’s past. I’ll soon forget about that mistake.

What surprises me here in Ukraine is the fact that neither gastroenterologists, no general practitioners know which medicine I should take if I have bronchitis or flu.

GI lack knowledge in general medicine and General Practitioners lack knowledge in colitis.

It took me several months of correspondence with doctors from Germany and Japan to learn that simple antibiotics like ciprofloxacin are allowed.

Well, that was something, but the fact is — ciprofloxacin is not strong and does not work well for bronchitis.

OK, I spent some more time on research and found out ceftriaxone was fine for bronchitis. It really is working but then — what about pneumonia.

Now, that is where I get stuck and have no info at all.

I’d really appreciate if you send me a list of medicine you usually take (or your doctors suggest) to treat:

+ cold/flu
+ bronchitis
+ pneumonia

Thank you very much for helping me (and many others) with your comments!

I have been and still on Medrol (MetilPrednisone) and Asacol + probiotics

written by Art

submitted in the colitis venting area

4 thoughts on “Colitis vs Flu, Bronchitis and Pneumonia”

  1. I can only comment on avoiding these illnesses. I have received both flu and pneumonia vaccines due to my age, and because of the immuno-suppressant Azathioprine. I too am curious how people dealing with UC handle these illnesses.

  2. I take a lot of Vitamin D3, probiotics, goldenseal, and colloidal silver for colds, viruses, etc. It helps. And I take turmeric with cucrumin and bioperine in it as an excellent anti-inflammatory that has helped me get off of prednisone and keep in remission.

    1. Thanks for your message, Arlene!
      Yes, those vitamins and minerals can help fighting cold and virus, but what if a person already has bronchitis or pneumonia?
      I had pneumonia two times and both cases were nasty. I hardly recovered from that really poor conditions.

      That is why it’s of great importance for me (and I guess for all) to learn how to treat such severe diseases.

      Be blessed!

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