I am 20 years old and was just diagnosed this year. I spent 2 weeks in a hospital, got out then spent another 3 weeks in another hospital. I am 118 pounds of bone and skin at the moment.
Some more about me:
I am from Illinois, I enjoy reading, walking, cooking, and eating.
Fresh Out of the Hospital, No Strength
Hello all, first I wanted to say that this website was a great help to me when I was in the hospital, but because of my lack of computer I wasn’t able to do much more then look around and read as much as I could in an effort to understand just what Ulcerative Colitis is. So thank you Adam for making this incredible site.
I was just diagnosed with moderate/severe left-sided colitis this past year, July actually. It was a shock because up until that point I was a healthy person. Or so I thought. Looking back now I can see all the times where I wasn’t healthy and I’m able to match these up with symptoms of UC. I am taking Remicade, which seems to be working well for me. I am also taking prednisone, iron supplements, and omepazole. As I just got out of the hospital I’m on a low-res diet, which is also gluten-free because I suspect that I have celiac disease.
My question is now that I’m out of the hospital I have no muscle. I’m incredibly weak (getting stronger by the day but still weak) and as an independent person this frustrates me. I know many of you have been through the same thing, coming back from long hospital stays, and was wondering if any of you can offer any advice. What light exercises can I do to build some muscle back? I don’t need to gain any weight as that will come from the muscle I just need to build that muscle. Also what are some good snaking foods? Because the prednisone is making me hungry but we really don’t have any good snake foods that I can eat. We have sweet potato chips and pudding and jello but I want more options that won’t send me into a flare or bloat my stomach like gluten seems to do.
Thank you all in advance for any and all responses.
written by Amy A