I was diagnosed with UC about 4 years ago. I am a single mother of two. I own a hair-salon that i work at. I have a blind mother and handicap brother that i oversee. I know this disease is flared up by stress. So i need help to find ways to relax..
Some more about me:
I am from South Carolina and I’m a salon owner of a hair salon. Myself and my fellow loves to ride motorcycles.
Current Colitis Symptoms:
Night sweats. pain after eating. bleeding ( have been for 1 1/2 years straight). frequent bathroom visits with loose stools to diarrhea. cant stand on my feet at work for any substantial time without pain. fatigue. etc..
Do You Bleed All the Time
Would like to share my symptoms and history. I would like to know what people do when they had insurance and now don’t have any. How to cope and survive it.
I had my first major flare up about a year after i was diagnosed. Was sent to hospital for 8 days. I had an eye opening experience to the severity of this disorder. It was the first time i thought this disorder could kill me. I showed no normal levels of any tests they ran. I had symptoms of suffocated and lack of oxygen. which doctors thought i had clot on my lungs which was dismissed to later determined that my esophagus had ulcers from acid from my stomach caused by lack of food in stomach and acid refluxed up. That to me was the scariest thing (next to the sight of amount of blood in toilet.) and the closest i have ever felt to suffocating. I had alot of time with those four walls to take in this disorder. In the days there i had nutritional education. Found out i was eating things I shouldn’t have even if it made me feel good at the moment. I have a personality to care for people and cant sit still for more than 30 minutes at a time.(until my flare ups put me down). i have t wo teenagers and a salon and home to take care of. I have a wonderful man in my life that is concerned about me all the time. He doesn’t know to much about the disorder but what he does knows worrys him. We will be married shortly and im looking forward to that part of my life to finally calm down. My question to you is do any of you bleed ALL the time or just in flare u?ps? ? How long does most flare ups last?
Sulfazalzine. folic acid and predisone at times
written by Marci
submitted in the colitis venting area