Just wanted to share my experience. I was diagnosed with proctitis in January '08 after symptoms appeared two months earlier. In the early stages of my UC, my symptoms were not terrible. I didn't have the awful cramping, tons of blood, and serious urgency that I had later on.
A month or so after my diagnosis, I started reading all about different diets. I cut out all kinds of stuff at different times and most recently was on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. During this time of trial and error, my symptoms became progressively worse. I thought for sure that my inflammation had spread, and that I was getting worse. I lost ten pounds (for me, that's a lot), was seriously dehydrated and weak (hospitalized at one point), experienced muscle cramping, and even started having memory problems. The constant deprivation of foods was making me crazy, and trying to stick to the SCD was nearly impossible because I was so weak. Who can cook all day when you're already exhausted?
So finally last week I decided to go back to eating normally, and my symptoms have improved dramatically. Granted, I still avoid foods that I've come to know as trigger foods, but I truly believe that the strict diets hurt me more than helped. I think the diets help you to identify these trigger foods, but past that they didn't do much good for me. I should mention that I continue to eat to homemade yogurt that is part of the SCD. I love the flavor, and I have a feeling the probiotics/good bacteria are helping me, too. Many of you are probably already eating yogurt, but those of you who can't tolerate lactose might want to try the SCD recipe.
Anyways, this was a big breakthrough for me, so I just wanted to share it with the people who have been helping me along the way. I'm not in remission, but at least now I can feel some hope that I may get there someday.
Katie, 30. Chicago 'burbs.
DX: Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08
Current Treament: Rowasa 60 ML 2X daily, Cortenama 100 ML 1X daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed), and multivitamin daily.
Diet/Exercise: Avoiding trigger foods. Daily yoga, walking, or cardio w/weights.
Previous Treatment: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status: Flare (finally showing much improvement)