Nicole from Chicago, now living in LA…Actor, Filmmaker and Radio Co-Host. Have been living with UC for almost 10 years. Wants to CURE it for good, ideally – without surgery.
Ruined By A Cold
I was diagnosed with UC back in 2002 or ’03 and though, for the most part, I’ve had a flare maybe once every two years. I used the drugs, they worked and I would l move on with my life, without too much worry. When I’m well, I can eat very healthfully, but whatever I want, and when I wasn’t, I did a low residue diet and it eventually passed. Then the drugs stopped working.
I’m on my 3rd flare of 2011. Ouch. I am, happily and gratefully, med free and I totally believe this can be CURED naturally, but I’m struggling mentally, emotionally, PHYSICALLY to get there for good. The last time I kicked this was back in April, when I started seeing an acupuncturist, taking herbs, seeing a natropath, taking vitamins and I started and completed the Elimination Diet.
I responded very well to the Elimination Diet and within weeks felt SO much better. I went back to eating my normal yet very healthy diet. All was well until I got a cold on December 11th, took cold medicine (Vitamin C, Sudafed, Day-Quil and Theraflu) and once the cold passed, I knew my stomach was FUCKED. And now here I am, scouring the blogs again and trying to find solace and permanence from this nightmare. With that, I won’t lie…I’m afraid to start the SCD diet…Mostly because rice (as a base of the Elimination Diet) felt like it saved my life…And thank god for the potato! I sure do love the potato.
Anyway, as par for course with the disease,
I feel out of control and I truly don’t know what to do next.
I want to heal this FOR GOOD.
Currently, I’m on a low residue rice based diet, a probiotic in the morning, my herbs (two kinds) throughout the day and B-12 sublingual lozenges…I usually take these at night, but currently, the gas pains at night are off the charts and I haven’t slept in two days. Not my best Christmas time for sure. Ha!
Been on Asacol, Colazal, Prednisone, Rowasa enemas and Canasa supposities. No meds worked. Weened off of everything and am now, happily, med free. I’m on herbs and I do acupuncture and will soon be seeing an Naturopath, once again.
written by Nicole
submitted in the Colitis Venting Area