I was diagnosed with UC in May 2007. I had bowel issues for 18 months previous to that. I eventually got out of my UC flare by August 2007. Been doing really good since then. No IBD symptoms. I do suffer from loose stools and my doctor is now thinking that IBS is my dominant condition and that UC is something I lapse into. For some IBSers the immune system also plays a role in their IBS.
My body responds well to diet and reduced stress. So I'm thinking this is helping my IBS. As I look back over the last 2.5 years its becoming more evident to me that most of my symptoms were really mild IBS. I've only had bleeding over that period for about
No blood, no mucus and no major tummy rumblings to me signals IBS.
Blood, musuc and a "violent" colon signals UC to me.
Thankfully I've never suffered pain nor cramps with either. I had low energy because I was anemic for 6 months. That got sorted out with a triple dose of iron supplements over 2 months. My energy is now really really good.
I figure I have some mild food intolerances that make my IBS worse and worsen my IBD if I'm in a flare. I guess I should do a food diary and try and elimiante those foods. But I like my food and once my IBS stays mild I'm more than happy to put up with 2 loose BMs a day.
400-800 mg Asacol a day
Balanced Diet (...ish!!), Reduced Stress
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