Welcome to HealingWell, Mitch. As Red said, educating yourself on this disease can help a lot. We find that there are things that help a lot of us that most GI's don't mention.
One of the things you can do to help your colon heal is to start taking a good probiotic. These contain the "good" bacteria which are normally there to maintain colon health, but which are often deficient in UC. I believe you're in the UK from your posting, so I'm not sure what is available there, but your chemist could probably tell you. A lot of us here take Culturelle, Primadophilus Reuteri or VSL #3.
Take care, and keep taking your medication even if it doesn't seem to be helping at first. As Red told you, healing takes time.
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.
Posted 3/15/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)
Egads, sounds so familiar!
Everything everyone has said so far is pretty true. Meds usually do take awhile to kick in, probiotics are a good thing to add to the mix, etc. The only thing I would add is if you start to feel better, don't cut down on the meds and don't stop them. Be sure to consult with someone first.
Good luck with this new "journey". We have all been there and this is a great place to ask for advise or to vent.
location: Seattle, Wa
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Lialda 4 pills once a day, Canasa supps as needed
Supplements: vitamins, probiotics
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis
No flares since Jan, 2007
Posted 3/15/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)
I figure you were given Iron because of the blood loss. Just be careful because Iron supplements can cause rock-hard stool or stomach upset. And welcome to the forum. Sorry you have to be here.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15,
Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil, Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08
Currently it is Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:59 PM (GMT -7)
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