If there isn't a consistent, repeated pattern of problems one or two days after a food, then I wouldn't consider that food a problem. Everyone is different, but my situation is somewhat similar to your husband's. I was past 50 when diagnosed and had a terrible time getting into remission. For the first couple of years, I couldn't tell that any foods bothered me because I was so sick all the time. When I finally began to be able to tell, it was a pretty short list.
I decided since I couldn't tell what bothered me, I'd just eat what I wanted. I did, and didn't get any better or worse. I've never been able to tell that what I eat or drink affects me at all. And stress doesn't seem to be a major factor for me either. I never saw any difference in my flare whether I was under stress or not.
The most common age of onset for UC is late adolescence to early adulthood, with a secondary peak in the 50's. Perhaps the condition we more "experienced" people have is a bit different than what the younger ones have. At any rate, I'd say eat what you want, as long as it doean't bother you.
His negative thinking may be related to depression. If he isn't on an anti-depressant, he might consider asking his doctor about
this. If he's already on one, he may need a different dosage or drug. As my doctor told me, we have good reason to be depressed. This is a life-altering experience, and when you're so sick you can't see any positives to that.
I know you want to help, but just a gentle caution. This DD makes us feel powerless, as if we have no control over even our own lives. It's difficult, and even more so for men sometimes because it can feel emasculating. Remember that it's really his role to manage his health care and his life. Sometimes when our loved ones try so hard to help us, it makes us feel even more dependent. It also lets us sink into our own anger and grief.
I haven't been on Humira, so I can't respond to that. There are several people here who are starting it, perhaps they will have information for you.
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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