I am Jen I am 33. Was diagnosed a week ago with UC. Unlike most people I was semi-vegetarian and always bought organic. I didn’t drink sodas, and rarely had coffee. I would eat meat every now and then but it wasn’t in every meal. So yes I am in the disappointed stage because I was already trying to eat well and do the right things. I think over the last year I have had a few stresses that might have made the issue surface. I moved from Texas to San Diego, but couldn’t sell my house, so I remained in short sale limbo for almost 2 years, and recently we were foreclosed on. I moved to San Diego with my boyfriend of 11 years and we both started grad school. I am the only working, so I guess that also put strain on me. But I really am ok with it and actually enjoy my man being home. Then I have the stress of teaching. I have had some great kids, but it is a lot of work.
So back to the UC…..Currently I am on 9 pills of Balsalazide a day. I don’t really feel bad on it but I haven’t seen much improvement. My doctor said it may take 3 weeks or so to start working. Then our next option is Steroids, which I really don’t want do. So beyond meds, I drink apple cider vinegar, aloe juice, use coconut oil almost for everything, and am on a probiotic. I also use nutritional yeast to bring up my B vitamins and folic acid. The weird thing is, is several of my friends that lived in the same neighborhood growing up all the same issue or similar issues. so that is a little weird. I am looking for holistic means to heal myself. I am not much of a medicine taker, except for birth control pills. (Which I wonder have any relation to the disease) I will keep you guys posted. Had full blood work today. My ERYTHROCYTE count as 50. That means the red blood cells fall to the bottom of the container fast. Normal is 0-20, so that indica tes inflammation. I also have a fecal test that I am doing. As soon as I get test results I will post. Thanks for having a website where we can post!!!
Submitted by “JENZ”
in the Colitis Venting Area
33, Teacher and grad student living in San Diego who was recently diagnosed with UC. Had my first sigmoidoscopy and go in for full colonoscopy in Jan to rule out Chrons. The US is throughout my full colon. Been placed on Balsalazide (9 pills a day)