I was 23 when I got diagnosed, after many years and many doctors. At that time I was severely dehydrated in a hospital. It was the worst flare I’ve ever had and it lasted about six months.
Some more about me:
I am very active, normally, and really care about good food and nutrition. I am a teacher and I do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Gas, cramping, diarrhea, bleeding, pain, and weight loss.
Ten Weeks Pregnant…
So I’m in really bad shape right now. I’m terrified. Almost ten weeks pregnant and a flare that just went from slight to severe over the course of the past five days. I did not even start this pregnancy on a flare, and I stopped taking my meds (Lialda) initially, because I was told it was alright to do so. I imagined a lovely med-free pregnancy. My condition has been rather stable over the past three years or so. I am eating a very natural diet, great in variety. I was even able to drink coffee and have some beers every now and then. We wanted a baby very much and couldn’t believe when it worked out so quickly! Then, about five weeks in, the symptoms started. At first, I thought it was all pregnancy related, but it kept getting worse. Now, I believe the prenatal vitamins may have something to do with it. The painful gas is gone and I have less cramping since I’ve stopped taking them. My diarrhea is a lot more frequent, however.
I’m bleeding heavily now, from my colon, and I spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Any sudden movement seems to get me running instantly… I’m a teacher and can’t use the restroom whenever I want at work, which is a problem right now. I want to take Canasa because I know it would help. I normally have more inflammation at the rectum. I had some Canasa left over from a while back, used it, and had a fabulous night’s sleep. It was instantly soothing and I can just feel it is what I need to get me out of this quickly. But my GI changed his mind about prescribing it. My OB/GYN checked out the meds and ok’ed them. They are in the same category as tylenol. I was told it was safe to take them and that the OB/GYN has the final word in this.
I don’t understand what made my GI change his mind, but I have to see him for an appointment in five days, before I’ll know more. I am scared that this flare gets even more out of control and I lose more weight and I end up in the hospital or on steroids again, which are more likely to do damage to the baby. Not to mention I couldn’t possibly gain weight like this. Anyone with any experience or advice on this, please???
Medications / Supplements:
My main drug is Lialda. Besides that I normally take digestive herbs as needed and I trust in a healthy natural diet.
written by Rebeka
submitted in the colitis venting area
I’m 24 years and I was just diagnosed a little over three weeks ago(Oct. 2011). UC, but the GI didn’t rule out Crohn’s 100%. Still feeling sick and confused.