Imagen, I'm so sorry you needed to come here because you have UP, but so glad you found us. I think you'll find a lot of good information here. You may want to start by checking out some of the links and posts in the "resources" thread. There's a lot of great information there.
UP is a form of ulcerative colitis that is limited to the rectum. It is curable only by surgical removal of the colon (large intestine.) However, the majority of people with UC live normal lives with medication. Be aware that most of us here have especially stubborn cases; the majority of people with UC are out there living their lives and have no need for a support board.
There's no agreement on the cause of UC, but it's believed to be an autoimmune disease, which is caused by the immune system going astray and attacking a part of your own body, in this case the colon. In some people it does spread throughout the colon, in others it remains confined to the rectum (proctitis) or rectum and just the last bit of the colon (proctosigmoiditis.) UC is a disease of flares (when it's active) and remissions (when you have no, or few, symptoms.) It is a chronic disease, but not a fatal one. Most of us continue to work, parent, play with perhaps some adaptations.
Welcome to HealingWell, and I hope this community will help you as much as it did me when I was diagnosed seven years ago.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
Co-Moderator UC Forum
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