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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm thirty one years old and was just diagnosed today with UC.. not only am I extremely concermed, stressed out and depressed..( my doc says 2/3 of my colon is affected) but I was prescribed prednisone and sulfsalazine..(i think thats what its called).. I've never had health issues in my life and I'm trying to keep my head up, but it seems like he told me everything I cant have and nothing that I can have... Which after he checked off the list it seems like for the next week I can only have baked chicken... Can anyone help me? It doesnt seem right or healthy to have to be on such a limited diet, but I dont want to set things off when I'm trying to make it better!

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   Posted 8/20/2008 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
You can eat most things! Check out Jini Patel Thompson's book "Healing your gut" for diet help - it really helps me and I am new to this too.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: 2 Patches of Mild Chrohn's Colitis with no Granuloma
Medication: 4000mg Pentasa a day, 5mg Clipper Steroid (Beclometasone dipropionate)

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   Posted 8/20/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
when i was first diagnosed my doc gave me a sheet with a low residue diet on it and the only things on it were chicken, potatoes without skin, white bread, shortbread cookies and similar refined bland foods. its to help minimise the impact that regular food might have on your tender colon.
but now, after years of this, i found that its not really necessary unless it makes YOU feel better. just seems like the usual thing on the list for the doc to give someone new to this.
its trial and error when it comes to food. keep track of what works for you and what doesnt.
remember though, it takes a day or so for the food you ate to come out, so dont mistake having to run to the can is caused by something you just ate.

read through the posts on this site.
good advice and stories and help. ask anything and you shall have an answer!
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day

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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually when I eat really low sugar things, I feel a lot worse. My Gi says it has nothing to do with what you eat and after trying all the diets for UC that I could get my hands on, I have to agree with him. Not one made me feel better. Also remember that the prednisone will help with the inflammation and that should make you feel better for quite some time. Then you should be put on some maintenance plan....I am not familiar with the sulfsalazine you mention, but that may be it. If that doesn't work, you can try asacol, colazal, and rectal meds. YOu can live a normal and productive live with this, you just have to find the best diet and mix of medications to get you into remission. It may take a while, but you will get there. Good luck.
diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal    9 caps Colazal
2 rowasa enemas nightly
35, female

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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I can eat pretty much anything I want also. When flaring, fresh veggies can be a little rough though, but when not flaring, anything goes. I was also put on the exact same meds as you when first diagnosed 26 years ago. The pred should help pretty quickly, but it's not something you want to be on long term. I have also had good results with the rectal meds (along with the sulfasalazine) I know they sound gross, but they work. What dose of Sulfasalazine are you on?
Were you also prescribed Folic Acid??

You will really find this forum to be a great help. Welcome.....

South of Boston, Ma
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 once a week. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, calcium supplement, Biotin 5000mcg, Fibercon.

Post Edited (munchkindd) : 8/20/2008 6:37:17 AM (GMT-6)

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