I was diagnosed with severe LeftSide UC when I was 18 and freshman year of college. I am 32 now. I have battled this disease since and have never let my chin fall. Many don't understand what we with UC go through and the adaptations we must make to live relatively normal lives. I am currently in an active flare (for about
5 weeks now). This is the worst its been since i've been diagnosed. I've lost about
40 pounds. I would get flares about
4 to 6 times a year and was able to battle them off without drugs or medication. I have finally let the doc put me back on mesalamine :(. I would usually self-medicate with heavy doses of probiotics combined with juice therapy (spinach and carrot) a little fiber and some time. I attribute this attack's severity to breaking my right arm about
10 weeks ago and the stress I have endured to heal it. Next thing I know flare city. I have been unable to sleep for the past 3 weeks due to the NOW factor. Every two to three hours I awake with the urge and throughout the day I am on edge.
I have been consuming protein shakes and meal-replacement drinks because solid food hurts right now and increases the need to go dramatically. I guess what I'm trying to find out is has anyone else received an injury and caused a flare of this magnitude? I also was curious if anyone has any tips on lessening the frequency of bm's?