I’m a 49 year old male in Northeastern Ohio. I travel quite a bit for my work in commercial insurance throughout the State and was diagnosed with UC 4 years ago. I found this site doing google searches last month and love it.
My Colitis Experience:
I have a double whammy I guess, because I’ve also suffered from Hemorrhoids for about 10 years as well. In the course of treating the Hemorrhoids, my doctor suggested taking a fiber supplement which I did for many years. I think that, and the “high powered” coffee I got addicted to (4-5 times a week) for a couple years prior to my diagnosis lead to the Ulcerative Colitis.
I find that If I have problems with the hemorrhoids, it’s a warning sign that a UC flare is approaching. I’m on Lialda 2x daily and Canasa as needed for flares. I started taking my diet seriously about a year ago, and eliminated anything with high fructose corn syrup, alcohol (although non-alcoholic beer is fine – St. Pauli Girl is a great choice!), steak, donuts, milk (I now drink rice milk) switched to decaf coffee w/ honey for sweetening, no sugar -thanks Adam! Since I travel so much I gave up almost all the fast food when I’m on the road, I’ll go out of my way to find a subway if possible. I still get a craving for fries and a burger but avoid as much as I can. My body doesn’t process beef and steak as it used to.
I dropped about 12 lbs but I’ve stabilized and when I have a flare I’ve got recovery down from 7-10 days to maybe 4 or 5.
My questions are 1) Does anybody know if their is any research on whether the fiber supplements could have helped cause the UC to appear? I know the high octane coffee I was drinking had to. 2) Is anybody else suffering from hemorrhoids and UC as well? What has been your experience? 3) The SCD sounds very interesting, what’s been others’ experience with it? I’ll have to buy some books on it. That’s all for now.
Started with Asacol when first diagnosed 4 years ago
Switched to Lialda 2x/daily 3 years ago, Canasa as needed for flares.
written by Joe in Ohio
submitted in the Colitis Venting Area