I’m 42 year old guy who was diagnosed about a month ago with UC. I’m very out going before the diagnosis and will be outgoing with this condition. I like to travel alone and with friends long distance. I work as a administrative assistant for a surgeon for about four years now and with UC it put a little damper on my career since I feel I won’t be taken serious now with frequent visits to the men’s room now if under a lot of stress. I have been in a somewhat remission now for about three weeks with medications but there are more changes to make as I learn more about UC. I’m looking for a balance since the diagnosis; did I mention it’s mild ulcerative colitis. I’m not stopping with this condition what I will do it make changes and modify my lifestyle but let this rule me no way. I’m here to learn what others do with this and how to live a normal life.
The symptoms were and sometimes are bloating, frequent visits to the bathroom with blood at times, feeling tired and sometimes depressed with no reason.
UC has changed my life in so many ways like my eating habits, that I have to watch what I’m eating now. Frequent meals but in small portions that works for me now, that’s what I call a plus. Since the diagnosis I really haven’t mentioned it to my family yet, since I don’t want to be consider a weak and sick person. But my friends have been more supportive about this and will help me how to live with.. The only person for now who knows in my family is my mother who is trying to understand about this and what she can do for me in my eating habits and one of my brothers and his wife. The biggest fear I have is for now is what if I need surgery in the future but that I will cross that bridge when I get there but for now I want to live a normal life as much as possible when I have my good days with normal bathroom visits.
The question that I have now is who out their works out with weights and has this condition since exercising is a good part of my life I want to learn how to incorporate weight training with UC. If there is group out there I would appreciate your input and advice.
I’m a big fan with weight lifting as part of my exercise routine. I’m not muscular but I want to keep myself toned and in shape but before the diagnosis I lost a lot of muscle mass since I was just working out and just losing more weight with no reason. After the diagnosis it took me about another month to get into the groove into a exercise routine. I just need to learn how to move on and get health, so I appreciate any help from anyone who has this and does workout with weights.
Where I’d like to be in 1 year:
I want to be in remission in a year and enjoy life to the fullest. I want to travel without worries and embarrassment if I have any flare ups do occur.
The medications: Apriso 4 capasule a day but taking 2 capsule since I found it to hard on the stomach and VSL #3 twice a day. Canasta as needed.
written by Michael aka “Arcangel”
submitted in the colitis venting area