I was diagnosed with UC a year ago. I’m about to finish graduate school and receive my Master’s degree in May. I’m also working full time, so I’m really busy!!
I see a a little blood occasionally
1-3 solid BM’s daily
Does anyone suffer from what I call Spastic Colon? For example, if you get really stressed out over something you start to feel the cramps and you have more BM’s than you usually do?
I’ve been under a TON of stress lately. I started a new job. Yay! And then Hurricane Isaac decided to pay us a visit. I work in a nursing home, so I stayed to work for the storm. It was rough, but we managed ok. I knew I wasn’t eating properly and by the time I got home, I was completely exhausted and my colon seemed to have a bunch of pent up frustration against me. Well, you can imagine what came next……
Anyway, so things finally start to get back to normal. I’m going to work Monday through Friday, and going to class twice per week. I’m on top of homework. Life is good…..
Well then I get a phone call from my Dad right before I go to lunch on Friday. He says that my Mom has been taken to the hospital by ambulance because she’s had a stroke. I just sit at my desk completely stunned. Needless to say, I left work right away.
She’s ok. She’s able to talk, but she has trouble moving her right side. She had numerous tests done and fortunately the stroke wasn’t a severe one. Thank God! However, the doctor feels like this isn’t her first stroke, so more tests will be done in the next few days. That shocked us all!
So I leave the hospital to get dinner and go to the hardware store to get some nails so that I can tack up my siding. I’m super stressed out and I’m cramping. Needless to say, I almost didn’t make it to the bathroom in the store. They don’t have the nails I need, so I start to make my way home and I get that feeling again. I swear I’ve never gripped the steering wheel so hard in all my life and I’m praying that I just make it home before I have an incident. Fortunately I do. Then I spend the rest of the evening on a heating pad feeling utterly miserable.
I’m not having a flare. My Dad’s friend is a doctor and he told me to ask about a medication to help with my Spastic Colon episode(s). It starts with the letter D, but I don’t remember the name. Does anyone else have this issue? If so, what do you do about it?
Where I’d like to be in a year:
I’ve reached my goal at my last colonoscopy in July. I got off one of my medications.
I guess now I’d like to not “cheat” so much on my diet.
written by Lara
submitted in the colitis venting area