I’m a 60 year old male from the United Kingdom, 6 weeks into being diagnosed with UC and pneumonia. Fumbling around trying to find out what I can and can’t eat.
Some more about Tony:
2017 in January approx. 16-17 I began to lose weight at an alarming rate through having diarrhea which lasted about two months.
In that time I lost four stone in weight ( 1 stone = 14 pounds), I always weighed about 16 stone (224 lbs.) but now found myself weighing in at just over 12 stone, after a couple of visits to the hospital and many tests I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and pneumonia, feeling as weak as a kitten I gradually and because of the help of a good friend got my weight back up to 14 stone.
I’ve read quite a bit of the letters that people have sent into this site and am beginning to work things out but I really do need help with finding a good diet! actually knowing what a flare up is?
I have some idea of what foods I can and can’t eat but I feel I’m a million miles away from actually knowing whats what, please excuse my greenhorn attitude but I’m still a bit scared as to what to do, any help you can give at all would be gratefully received.
Apart from now I find myself going to the loo normally, well I say normally my stools are solid but I sometimes can go 5-6 times a day but at least the diarrhea has gone.
Because of the pneumonia I get tired very quickly so haven’t much energy.
Any information you can give me regarding UC will ease the burden on my friend and myself, I’ve only been out of hospital for a few weeks and although I have seen my doctor he seemed reluctant to give me any medication.
I’m also waiting for results from the biopsies taken, feeling a bit lost and all up in the air.
This is a new era for both of us and didn’t realise that this was waiting in the background to kick us in the teeth.
Everything has changed! even holidays have to be looked at differently.
I surpose I’m most concerned about having a diarrhea moments away from the house, how to cope with that, really have to think about taking a bag with all your going to need in that situation.
Never been a great vegetable guy in the past and now I find out that salads are of the list which I love and veggies are good for you but I can get over that, really its a case of having too.
The only medicines I’ve had in the period are anti-biotics that really gave me thrush in my mouth, never has my tongue been so sore, Predi for a short period that did give me the energy to get on with things, and the tablets I take daily for my ailments.
So as you can see I’m in need of so much information about this thing that is living with me at the moment and how to treat it so it treats me as fair as possible.
There’s not much more I can say about it except its an unwanted guest in my home.
Only 60 years old but I have the fight in me to give this UC a good run for its money.
Medications – Treatments
I have started keeping a daily diary of what I’m eating and drinking and have noticed some things will have to be dumped, such as curries and Chinese food,,, my two favourites.
written by Tony A
submitted in the colitis venting area