I am 23 years old, I was diagnosed when I was 16. I am a college student right now trying to cope with the stress of school and my UC.
Some more about me:
Come from a big family where UC runs in my family. My father has Crohn’s Disease and my sister has ulcerative colitis too.
I currently am suffering a flare up right now. Just been having to run to the bathroom constantly. Been feeling really tired and weak. I have no energy to do anything
Living with Colitis in College
I was diagnosed when I was 16 years old, I am now 23 so I have been living with UC for seven years now. When I first was diagnosed it was a very mild case but I feel like throughout the years my symptoms have gotten worse. Right now I am going through a flare up and it is very difficult for me. I go to school full time and I work three days a week so I think the stress of school and work is not helping my symptoms. I feel very tired and weak all the time like I just want to sleep. School is adding to the stress alot because I have to do lots of public speaking and anybody without Ulcerative Colitis gets nervous, so you can only imagine how nervous someone gets that does have Ulcerative Colitis.
Its very hard for me to concentrate on my school work and go to work because of the little energy I have. I am taking my medication which I am currently on Asacol and 10mg prednisone, and I am still having a flare up. I get scared to leave my house or do anything where I don’t know where the bathroom is or if there is even a bathroom around. Well I just wanted to share my story with others who are going through the same thing as I am. I know you all will understand what I am going through and looking forward to hearing all your support! I would just like to hear from anyone going through what I am going through and any advice would help.
What have any of you used in the past to help with the flare ups?
How do I go on with everyday duties without thinking about my flare up constantly?
written by Stephy
submitted in the colitis venting area