I'm in so much pain physically and emotionally. I was diagnosed with UC a year ago, but after being diagnosed I know that I have been suffering from for a lot longer. I just always thought that i had a "sensitive stomach", but after the birth of my daughter two years ago, my symptoms got too bad to ignore. I also suffer from colitis induced arthritis which, at times, is debilitating! I'm having a flare up right now, the arthritis is miserable, I'm constantly exhausted and I feel like no one understands! I feel like my family thinks I make my pain out to be way worse than it really is, I feel like they do not take my illness seriously, and none of them have taken the time to educate themselves about the disease...it's frustrating! I don't want to be a negative, brat who whines all the time, I just want them to understand. I want to feel better! I want to not be in pain all the time! None of my meds have seemed to work, my doctor wants to try Remicade now, which from my understanding is a fairly new way to treat UC. Hopefully it will give me some relief. I can't help but feeling extremely depressed, I'm 26...I should be running around with my 2 year old, not in constant pain! Ugh! Please God, tell me you guys know what I'm going through!
My name is Teresa and I have been diagnosed with UC 8 months ago. I was 32 weeks pregnant when we found out . I was also diagnosed with Thrombocyt
openia which is a disease that effects my platelet counts which remain extremely low. My UC was out of control I did'nt even know I had it and just thought I was having an awful pregnancy. My symptoms were so severe I had an emergency C-section at 32 weeks and gave birth to my son Colin . He only weighed 3 lbs 8oz. I never had been so scared in my entire life. My platelet counts were so low I just knew I was going to bleed out and die. My UC put my baby in distress and we both made it fine. We were both in the hospital for over a month. They put me on high doses of Prednisone that made me crazy. I was readmitted to the hospital 2 more times before I started Remicaide. The results have really made my life so much better . I am about
to have my 4th treatment in April and I currently have been symptom free for several weeks. Your right the pain is awful, the arthritis was debilitating and I also feel my family does'nt really know what I am going thru. It is hard enough being normal taking care or a newborn , try to get them to understand when you real sick and taking care of a 6month old and a 7 year old (who has ADHD) I am very thankful that Remicade is out there. It has been used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chrones and UC for over 10 years. I know that there is not a cure for UC but I am glad this drug can make me feel like a normal person again. Now I am starting to enjoy my children. I don't think I will be going back to work any time soon . I am not quite ready. The Prednisone and the other meds have made me look like someone else. I'm 39 married to a wonderful man of 25. The anti-inflamitory drug they had me on (Anasol) mad me loose tons of hair. Its already bad enough going to the Bathroom 100 times a day, having a moon face and a huge hump in your back from the Prednisone, but to also loose your hair.....It was just about
all I could take . I am almost back to normal my hair is starting to grow back and I am near my pre-pregnancy weight and feeling good. If you have'nt started the Remicade talk to your doc it has done wonders for me and my family. Take care and have fun with your baby......Teresa:) PS my son is normal and weighs 17lbs beautiful boy.......BYE