My name is Alex, I am 33 living in Long Island NY. I was diagnosed around 25 yrs old, and mainly symptom free until I moved back to NY from California almost 3 years ago. A few months after arriving in NY, i started to show more symptoms, blood, mucus, and frequency started to increase as control began to decrease.
Some more about me:
I like to surf.
3 BM’s a day, mostly formed, appear thin…..better than it used to be, still certainly not “normal” and not quite where id like to be.
The Long Road
So, some of my story is included above, and i have posted on this site a few times in the past. My absolute lowest point was 2 Decembers ago……about a year and a half. I was hospitalized for 7 days, and was barley able to crawl out of there with all my guts still in me (against doctors recommendations) My scope had shown severe pan colitis, and I strained mightily on the toilet to pass essentially all blood an average of 30+ times all day and night. I weighed 120lbs.
I feel as though i am currently well along the road of recovery (even though i was told I would be unable to recover from the severity of my condition), but it seems to be a verrrrry long road. I am used to even a horrible sickness or injury taking weeks or at most a few months to heal. like I said…..my recovery started 1.5 yrs ago. It has been slow, and definately not in a straight line. My purpose for writing is so that if anyone is going through what I have been through I hope maybe my experience can help.
There has been many time where I have thought I was not recovering because I could not see improvement, or sometimes things would even get worse for a while. I have tried many thing during my recovery, and honestly can not be 100% certain on which ones worked or didn’t. I do have some strong beliefs in this area, and would like to share my current regiment as i belive it is the best one i have followed so far. first and foremost, i have followed the specific carbohydrate diet since i was released from the hospital. I can tell you, if it is working for me…….then it definitely doesn’t work fast……..this is a tip for anyone who decides it doesn’t work for them after a few weeks.
Also i have greatly reduce what i eat from the diet. Still no nuts for me. Fruit is just starting a little. These are cautioned in the beginners diet, but for me the time period of introducing them within a few weeks, was just way too soon. I also caution against the yogurt, probiotics, and fermented foods. i think these are all important and beneficial….but need to be started slowly in some cases. i was thrown into a flair by starting out on a high dose probiotic. i found it best to try the yogurt for a bit….then i had to stop….then i brought it back……did this till i could handle it. now i take it like medicine every morning. I also take 1 scoop l glutamine in the morning. im not sure this does all that much, but it doesnt seem to hurt, and i believe i t is mildly constipating…..which for me is good! Next suppliment that i want to rave about a little….because i think it works, and i haven’t seen anyone mention it yet here, its called “intestive”….. you can google it. I dont want to plug them too much, but i really believe that it is helping me, and i hope someone else can find relief with it as well. I take a sacharomices probiotic, as well as a bifido probiotic. I also am currently still taking asacol hd 6 pills a day. my hope is to discontinue the asacol within the next year, and eventually just have a yogurt and fermented food regiment to keep me in remission…..but that is getting a little ahead of myself.
Thanks for listening, hope this helps. I wish you all the best. Thanks Adam.
asacol hd 6 pills
digestive enzyme with meals
written by Alex
submitted in the colitis venting area
I am from long island NY, lived in San Diego CA for 8 yrs, just moved back to NY.
Love to surf, and be active.
Having u.c. sucks, but am currently optimistic about conquering, and becoming a better person because of it.