Hey everyone. I'm glad to see a site like this exist. I'm 19 and I was diagnosed with UC in June. Do you guys had any general advice for me? I'm most curious about
what type of lifestyle I should/could be expecting throughout, what I guess is, the rest of my life. From what I've read, the effects of UC seems to vary with different people. One specific question I have is do you guys find that certain foods help or worsen your condition. Again, I understand the answer is probably different for different people.
My personal experience with UC hasn't been too bad so far. I had my first flare up about
18 months ago. It lasted for about
a week, and when it went away, the doctor seemed to dismiss it as an infection. I had my second flare up in late May, and after about
two weeks and a colonoscopy and endoscopy, I was diagnosed with UC. At first, I was given Lialda and it worked well for a couple of weeks. I then had another flare up and ended up in the hospital for a couple of weeks. My doctor currently has me taking 200mg of azathioprine and 40mg of prednisone a day. Over the coming months, the plan is that i slowly ween off the prednisone. I've been relatively symptom free since I left the hospital (which was about
a month ago). My stool is solid, but I do notice a little blood. I haven't experienced any nausea recently, but I do occasionally feel slight stomach uncomforts.
I haven't been too worried about
my condition, but that's mostly because I have pretty nonchalant personality. I'm in college, so my biggest concern is that my condition might disrupt my studies. Overall though, I have a pretty positive outlook on my life.
thanks for any advice