I am 32 years old and diagnosed on Jan of 2010. Long suffering due to my own stubbornness to conform to a diet or meds. After a hospital visit started following the SCD diet loosely and taking meds like I should.
Some more about me:
I am a weight lifter/ bodybuilder, 4 times a week even when I was crappy from flares. Loved the results I was noticing and got hooked instantly. Having trouble with the lifters diet though. Protein shakes, preworkout supplements and necessary cals to continue to grow.
- Bloody stools
- Frequent bathroom trips for rabbit poops
What is Normal?
My first symptoms started in fall of 09 with blood in my stools. I went to see my general physician and he told me I had too much beef in my diet lol. Soon after that I noticed mucus around my turds. That really got me worried but not enough. Soon after that I started getting the urges to go to the bathroom. Ever since I was young I would just hold it in and wait for a convenient time. Except this time I couldn’t and as much as I tried I thought I crapped my pants. I run to the bathroom and instead if diarrhea it was all mucus. Gross! It kept happening and I was embarrassed and that is what got to go see my first GI. I wad diagnosed with UC in Jan 2010. It has been downhill from there due to my own negligence with meds and not following a proper diet. I was young and stubborn. The worst days I was hitting the bathrooms 25+ times a day! Literally nothing would come out.
After my latest hospital visit I was prescribed prednisone and canasa. I also started following the SCD diet but still eat 1 serving of bread for carbs and calories. Still take my protein shakes with water. I need the protein and calories. Overall I see great improvement and I am even starting to see formed bowels and considerably less gas. So obviously this is working but I have just been doing this for the last 10 days. My prednisone is finished and I am left with Canasa. I am worried that with prednisone finished my symptoms might come back.
My question is how do I know when I am better?
Should the mucus stop?
Should I have a BM everyday?
What is normal with UC?
All I know is pain, cramps, and bloody water.
I ask because I am still in the experimental stage of what type of foods my body can handle. I would like to know what are the signs from my body that I ate something I shouldn`t have.
I look forward to your guys responses. This site has been a god send. There is so much information and knowledge here. Even more so than my own doctor.
Asacol- didn’t work and kept upping the dosage. I just stopped taking it on my own
Canasa- saw great improvements but a pain in the rear to use
Prednisone- 10 day taper helped kick this flares butt! Only side effect was joint pain but not much. I feel lucky especially after reading some of the reviews.
written by Rob
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