Posted 6/21/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -6)
Thought I'd chime in. I have ulcerative colitis, IBS-D and GERD (severe)--my GI jokes that I'm going for the world's record for the person with the most GI diagnoses. When I was DX with UC (over 10 yrs) I was the healthiest I'd ever been, had been a vegetarian for seven years, working out regularly, etc. then boom, sick. Over the years I've tried EVERYTHING food related (elimination, combining), herbs, teas, vitamins, health shakes, organic only, yoga, biofeedback, on and on. Anyway, I have come to the conclusion--for me--that no matter what I eat, it is what it is. For the most part, I have a lot of problems no matter what I eat, but I do tend to stay on the healthier side of the spectrum. Honestly, I have found not eating the only thing that works the best; I still haven't figured out the lack of energy side effect you get from not eating, but........(joking, but not really). So, what I do is eat as little as possible, very small meals/snacks. It's not easy, I'm hungry a lot, but I have stomach pain almost every time I eat something so that helps with not wanting to eat too much. I keep hydrated, take lots of supplements, on bad days stay in the bland food group--bananas, rice, boiled chicken, apple juice (yes, I had to start eating meat b/c I needed the protein) oh, I guess beans are something I really can't eat, very hard on the stomach. I gave up everything alcoholic several years ago, too hard on the gut, but I wouldn't drink now anyway b/c of the pain meds I take.
Just read back my paragraph and it seems a little depressing but like I said, it is what it is. I've learned to deal with it and hoping that someday I will discover the meaning behind this journey. Good luck.