Introducing myself and asking for some advice.....

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/9/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone.  I was diagnosed with UC in January of 2006.  I had quit smoking about 6 months earlier and the symptoms began almost immediately.  Over the course of the last two years I have been taking Asacol and have had to be on predinsone 4 times.  I got pregnant last January and had my son in August.  I went off my meds when I found out I was pregnant and ended up in the hospital when I was 5 months along.  I had to take a dose of prednisone while pregnant.  After I had my son I stopped taking my meds again because my lactation con****ant told me the meds were passing through the breastmilk.  It has been four months and I am in a horrible way - diarrhea, bleeding, severe abdominal cramping, fatigue.  All of this while trying to nurse and get up at night with a 4 month old baby.
I am unhappy with my current doctor.  The meds never work.  The prednisone is torture on my body.  I guess I am still in the denial phase thinking that I can do this without such horrible medication.
I have an appointment in a few weeks with a holistic doctor.  I am going to try to treat it with diet and some herbs. 
My husband and I would like to have more children, but I want to be healthy before we get pregnant again.  And, I want to remain healthy throughout the pregnancy and post-partum.
Does anyone have any advice on how to treat UC holistically?  What about while pregnant or nursing?
Diagnosed with UC in Jan 2006

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 121
   Posted 1/9/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you have UC. Lots of women with children on here
I am sure they can help you.
Some people have had good results going the
natural way I hope you are one of them.
Lots of good reading on here about the drugs
and diet.
You must get over the denial phase cause we are
stuck with UC the rest of our lives.
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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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2148
   Posted 1/9/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
just wanted to say Hi and welcome!

I don't have any advice for your situation. Don't have any kids yet, hope to start as soon as I am healthy.
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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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 1/9/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, I feel for you. The sleep deprivation may be attributing to your UC not healing. Sleep is when our bodies go into repair mode. While your son is old enough to learn to sleep through the night, breast milk digests much faster than formula and he's waking because he's hungry. If you are determined to use breast milk, could you pump before bedtime and let your hubby feed him while you get your sleep? I breastfed my oldest and used soy formula on my youngest. There was no difference in the bonding or in their health. You need to take special care for yourself - I know it's hard for a new Mom to do.
Also, do you take a probiotic?  It probably won't affect the breast milk negatively.

Age/Sex:  50 & female
Diagnosed:  2005 pancolitis
Medications:  800 mg. Asacol twice a day - in remission; 1200 mg. fish oil supplement nightly,
1 Dulcolax stool softener nightly, Effexor-XR 75 mg. daily

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