It was interesting. It's amazing how differently it can affect everyone. When I'm in remission, I can eat anything except salad. Maybe 5 out of 10 times I will be running to the toilet within an hour of having a salad. When I'm in a major flare, everything bothers me, I think it is just food in general.
Nobody in my family has any IBD issues. I'm the lucky 1st.
I've never lost weight or had a fever from UC.
It also says that 90% of us will never develop colon cancer, which is higher than I thought. YAY!!!!!
It lists the different categories of UC. I wonder what mine would now be considered. Didn't see mine there. I started out with lower left sided colitis in the beginning. After my last 2 year flare I was told it now involves 3/4 of my colon. Is there a name for this?????
And lastly, I find it interesting that the first medication it lists is Sulfasalazine, which has been my godsend. Most doctors don't even try this. (I know, everyone is probably sick of me singing it's praises) but it's what has proven to work the best for me. I only wish I had insisted that my GI put me on this before. I wasted 2 long years in the worst flare and she put me on Asacol which didn't do a darn thing. I wonder how much sooner I would have gotten into remission if I was put right back on the Sulfasalazine..............Too late to worry about that now, I'm back on the med that works best for me now, but at what price did my colon pay?????
Good artice, thanks for sharing that Beth
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago. Enojoyed 20 year remission with just minor blips here and there (approximately 16 of those years without any meds)
In a flare for 2 very long years which Asacol didn't help at all. Finally in remission again since Jan 2008, can't believe it..............
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema 2 x a week. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, cacium supplement, Biotin....