First of all, Troy welcome to the forum. I'm sorry you need the support to be found here, but glad you found us.
The itching may be a reaction to the bentyl. It's not one of the most common side effects, so your doctor may not have seen it before, but it definitely can cause itchy skin. You also might want to try an OTC cortisone cream when you want to stay awake. Benadryl is good, but makes a lot of people sleepy.
As far as coping, you've made a good start in coming here. You'll find people in all stages of UC and at all points in coping with it. One way that helps most of us regain some sense of control is to learn everything we can about
inflammatory bowel disease (IBD - UC and Crohn's.) You can make a good start by checking the resources at the top of the forum page.
Things that seem to bother a lot of us include fatty foods, spicy foods, high fiber foods and dairy. You'll probably find as many diet recommendations as there are people on this site, because the condition affects each of us a little differently. When we get into remission, a lot of us eat pretty much a normal diet.
I second the advice about
seeing a GI as soon as possible. Probably the first thing he or she will want to do is a colonoscopy, to help determine what the issue is and begin treatment. Hang in there, it will get better and you'll get your life back. We just have to be patient - it's a virtue this DD has taught me, for sure.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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