I was depressed in my last flare with UC and chalked it up to the side effect of prednsone use. I turned down my GI's suggestion of an antidepressant as I felt that since the depression was caused by UC then if I could get in remission I would lose the depression. Sounds good, right? As it turns out about
one year post surgery and pred-free for about
10 months I found myself spiraling further downhill. I finally sought a therapist and was prescribed Celexa. As it turns out it was not the prednisone that caused my depression, it was the CHRONIC ILLNESS that I had lived with for over 2 years. My doctor said I would have to stay on the medication to cover the 2.5 years I was sick plus 2 years post surgery. The recipe worked and I was able to wean off Celexa.
I tried all the other treatments, yoga, lots of exercise, eating right, etc. Nothing worked until I went on medication. I wasn't happy about
it, I had just gotten off 22 pills per day for UC but in the end it was worth it.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free