Young Male recently found out (Christmas Eve) that I have UC.

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   Posted 1/4/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys. I have read a lot of posts on here and it seems that there is not as many males as there should be. Hopefully I can help change this. I am currently a junior in college, who recently battled 1/2 a semester with the symptoms of UC. At first I just thought I had a bug, but eventually came around to telling my doctor about it. I was a 10 day antibiotic and am currently still on a 60mg dosage of predisone w/ align as my probiotic. My doctor is excellent in trying to do anything for my health and really wants to help me battle through this. He is going to put me on asacol.

I have read several books such my diagnosis and from reading a lot of your posts on here it just seems that diet is one of the major factors in keeping your flare ups in remission. I am looking at my whole situation as a blessing in disguise in that I was 20 pounds overweight and leading a not so healthy college lifestyle. I have hit rockbottom and it has been all the motivation to start eating completely healthy again.

I am taking a co-op position instead of attending classes this spring with Accenture, and I was just wondering if any of you guys out there have any advice on just a couple questions?

How do you deal with stressful situations the best? (i'm not a very stressed out person which seems to be good, but everyone has their moods once in a while)

I love to exercise and move around (even when I was overweight), what things do you like to do to keep in shape that allow your colon to remain calm?

Those are my two main concerns, Thank you for your time.

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   Posted 1/4/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
uncgolf5 said...
How do you deal with stressful situations the best? (i'm not a very stressed out person which seems to be good, but everyone has their moods once in a while)

I love to exercise and move around (even when I was overweight), what things do you like to do to keep in shape that allow your colon to remain calm?
Meditation, religious faith, plenty of rest, staying on a schedule and, of course, avoidance of stressful situations as much as possible are my best remedies for stress.
There are several folks on here that run, swim, bike, weight train and workout in other ways. Unless you're having a severe flare, there's no reason you can't remain active. Weight training is particularly important to combat the bone-thinning effects of prednisone.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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   Posted 1/4/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much:) Once I get this into remission I can't wait to gradually get active again!

Bad Gut
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   Posted 1/4/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there!! Don't feel alone there are plenty of us males out here suffering right along with you. You have to remember males don't usually seek out help and support as much as females do. It is a nature thing I guess. I'm like you in that I'm in my rookie season with UC - diagnosed in Feb 07'. I was hospitalized for 5 days and ended up losing 25% of my body weight that month alone!! I thought for the longest time I would never be normal again. How wrong was I? I got back on feet, gained all my weight back and started training for a 100 mile one day bike ride. And in September I did it. No problems and felt great - besides being sore. So it is possible to live with disease and lead a normal life - you just need to watch yourself a little more closely. Good Luck with your recovery and keep your head high.
Diagnosed Feb 2007
12 Asacol Daily
Rowasa nightly
Multi-Vitamin Daily
1 Probiotics pill daily - Culturelle with Lactobacillus
Tumeric and Garlic supplement 2x daily

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   Posted 1/4/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
hey, are you at UNC-Chapel HIll?? (just wondering from your name). I am in the triangle....

also, you may want to create a signature so that people know your situation, like what meds you take, etc. otherwise, people will keep asking you. You can do it in the "control panel" section.

I do exercise, aobut 4 times a week for 45 minutes or so. I usually run or swim, sometimes bike, just whatever I feel like in the moment. I almost always have to go to the bathroom as soon as I finish exercising, which I didn't do before UC, but otherwise, no problems at all. like everything else with this DD, some people can run, others can't becuse it upsets their tummy. I will say that, especially when I was on pred, exercise realy helped me stay sane and avoid the pred weight gain.

if you are in chapel hill, are you at the UNC GI clinic? they are great.

welcome. This forum is a great resource.
Pancolitis dx 3/07
12 Asacol/day
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent, reached this dose 9/07)
Various vitamins, a probiotic.

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   Posted 1/4/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to healingwell! I'm sure you'll find that you love it here! :)
Believe me, I know how you feel. I was diagnosed as a sophomore in high school and I'm currently a freshman in college. I'm in remission now but throughout high school I had a really tough time. I found that not dwelling on my symptoms ALL the time helped me a lot. Stressing out about where a bathroom is and will I make just makes it worse. You've got the first step down, finding a REALLY GOOD doctor who truly cares about making you better. Eventually you learn how to deal. You learn what foods you can and can't tolerate and if you're like me...I know where every single bathroom is on campus and in the malls and stores! :)
You'll get there, it just takes time and paitence.
I hope you start to feel well soon!



Diagnosed in September 2004

Currently on...4800mg Asacol, 25mg Elavil, Ortho Tricyclen and some immodium

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"

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   Posted 1/4/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey! Just wanted to say welcome. Exercise wise I do what I can (even if it is just walk) when flaring and my normal routine while in remission. Sounds like you have a good doctor. Is the pred. working?

If you are at UNC...hubby is a UNC grad:)
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium
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   Posted 1/4/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks a lot guys for all of the information. I am actually a Penn State Student, but have loved the university of north carolina my entire life. The pred. is working and thanks for all the great help I appreciate it. At my worst I was going 10-20 times a day now I am down to 3 which I can most certainly deal with. Thanks again for all the advice I really appreciate it.

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   Posted 1/4/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry and welcome = )

it sounds like you are handling this really well, glad that you are feeling better!

for stress, I now try to acknowledge the bad outcomes I can forsee but focus on the good ones (I used to focus on the bad ones a lot and stress myself even more).

for working out, when not in a flare I was doing 1 hour classes for Cardio Step and Cardio Kick boxing 3 to 4 times a week, not a problem for my UC at all.
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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   Posted 1/5/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I remember back many years ago when I first was struck with UC and diagnosed, how overwhelming it was. What I can tell you is that life goes on and there are many ways to cope with the effects of UC. Since that time I have taken up running, made a career change, gotten an MA and a PhD, travelled extensively, worked in the Caribbean for a month, and 2 years in Japan. UC does not have to really hold you back, and you will find your way. and hey, there is a good chance it will go away entirely or mostly.
21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics.

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   Posted 1/8/2008 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Another male here :-)

Diagnosed at 16 - am now 28, so been at this a while.

There are heaps of options for treatment of UC, but the most active thing you can do to help yourself is what you're doin. Eat the healthy diet, exercise oh - and the bane of UC seems to be carbonated fizzy drinks. I've found that even spicy Indian or Mexican food isn't as bad for me as soft drink! Which sux, cuz I love my Coke :-)

Also, knowledge is power. If you haven't stumbled across it already, check out:

- Ulcerative Colitis
- Treatment of UC
- Biological therapy for UC

at Wikipedia.

I've found that many GI's don't actually know what trials are currently active or are coming up, and some don't even know all the treatment options, so it pays to keep up with whats out there :-)
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers..." - Elric, elder Technomage
    - 2xColazide, twice a day; 1x6-mp twice a day; 1xAbatacept 10mg/kg per month;
    - 1xZinc per day, 2xScoop of Sustagen Sport per day;
    - 1xBIOCeuticals UltraBiotic 45 per day, 1xBIOCeuticals SB FlorActiv per day;
    - 1xHeaped teaspoon of Metamucil smooth orange powder 3 times a day.

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   Posted 1/8/2008 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to the sight but not to the Disease.
Staying in shape is important and also very hard
at times. I get exploding wet gas ALOT. When I finally said to myself OK
I am going to crap my pants from time to time it really let a lot of stress go.
I think my ego is to big to wear diapers so I use female pads to line
my pants and under shorts when necessary. If I start jogging and the
wet gas comes I just let it rip and keep on jogging. What else can you do?
Good luck and I hope you go into remission.
Diagnosed Colitis 1990.
Current Meds Asacol x4
twice a day.
Pred for flares.
I still have my colon THANK YOU GOD!!!

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