I was diagnosed about 8 months ago with UC. I am nearing 40 years old and have two great young boys and a more than full time career in Marketing.
Some more about me:
In my former career as a tv reporter, I covered three Michael Jackson trials.
New to Colitis and Here are My “Maybe” Dumb Questions
Since I am new to the UC Diagnosis, I am still learning the ropes. I have done well on Sulfasalazine after some initial few months with Asacol. I am currently an SCD’er. I have two questions and I hope these don’t sound too lame, honestly, I am just trying to figure this all out.
My first question is, I have to take 4 Sulfa pills a day. Before my diagnosis, I never got pains in my stomach. Now, if I miss one dose by more than about 3 hours, I will get a severe pain in my gut, not really inside, but on the surface. If I actually touch my stomach, it is really painful. Anyone else ever had similar symptoms?
My second question, is after two children and lots of wear and tear in my nearly 40 years, the body is not as perky as it used to be. Before the UC diagnosis, I had been considering some surgical help for the “girls”. I read some posts awhile back wherein people were discussing healing and how after UC, our bodies don’t heal very well or quickly anymore. I can certainly attest to seeing that first hand since I have had more colds these last several months than ever before and what used to take a couple of days to get over, now takes weeks. (I took some advice posted here and although I really wanted to, I resisted antibiotics).
I did have foot surgery several months ago, but it turned out to be pretty minor, with only a few days taking pain pills and fortunately, I was not in a flare. So does anyone have any experience with elective surgeries and how UC bodies respond? Again, so sorry if my questions are lame and I am taking up valuable space that would better be served by you all that have real problems, but I am just not sure who else to ask, and as many of you know, some of these doctors know little to nothing about UC treatments and healing. I appreciate any information you may have. Thank you
written by “Busy UC Mom”
submitted in the colitis venting area