My name is Steve C and I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis about two years ago when I was 56 years old. I’m from Bellevue, Washington. I have a daughter at Western Univ. in Bellingham and I play guitar to relax.my wife is very understanding and helps me stay on track with diet, etc.
On a good day, I can walk instead of run to the john and I feel nearly normal. on a bad day I have a lot of cramping and I can’t get to the bathroom fast enough, sometimes but not always, blood in my stool. I can nearly always trace my distress to something I ate. I’m sure stress is a factor but I have a hard time identifying it because it feels normal.
I have noticed that there a lot of uc sufferers who are in thier teens and twenties and I can only imagine how that crimps your lifestyle. It’s bad enough to be almost sixty and have to deal with it. I promise not to complain. After I was diagnosed i had two colonoscopys and then my doctor wanted to scope me for what seemed like monthly till i finally put the kibash on it. So I went without a doctor for awhile but did a lot of reading on my own. I found the ‘south beach diet’ book to be extremely helpful and also one called’ eating right for a bad gut’. I have had to learn to view food as medicine and only occasionaly for pleasure although I am getting better at discovering ways to enjoy what I can eat. I eat a lot of sandwiches made from deli turkey or ham, provolone, havarti or string cheese wrapped in lettuce, no bread. It’s actually better than it sounds. I eat a lot of trader joes sardines packed in spring water. apples, oranges, pears, bananas, avocados,oatmeal all is good and if I’m in a flare, I drink ensure liquid for a day or two. salmon is good as are most fishes. fresh, canned and frozen vegies are ok but no corn.
I would lik to know if anyone
has tried hypnosis an if so did it help?
Does smoking pot alleviate symptoms?
I have a sweet tooth and I would like to know what kinds of sweet treats are out there that won’t send me over the edge. recently here in Seattle a mailman made the news for crapping in someones back yard. It later turned out that he had UC and I remember thinking yeah, that could be me.
Lialda and mesalamine enemas are the only medications i use. Prednisone helped to stop a bad flare but it is a last resort drug for me because of side effects. The right foods are the best medicine for me. I take b complex vitamins and fish and flax oil supplements and aspirin
written by “Steve C”
submitted in the Colitis Venting Area