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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/29/2008 2:53 AM (GMT -6)   
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 :-)

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 8/29/2008 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
First, let your professors know of your condition, that way if you have to leave during class they know why. No food affects me that I can tell. I try to eat as healthy as I can, but have done all the diets and have found no food that affects my symptoms. Take your meds as prescribes, and take it easy. Try not to stress out. Working out helps me, but I don't work out nearly as hard as I used to. Probiotics hellp me as well, and a lot of people on here swear by fiber supplements. Keep your positive outlook, remission is a very real possibility for you and it can last years. Good luck to you.
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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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Keeping that positive outlook will be a huge help! The less you stress over it the better.
~ Mom of Nathaniel aka "Peanut" 20m (8/08)~ Married ~ 36
"The List "
- UC dx 8/2000 - 1st Remicade 8/20 - 2nd coming 9/10- Align 1x day - Prenatal Vitamin
Colazal,6mp, pred asacol
- CKD Stage 3 (Chronic Kidney Disease) - Lisinopril 7.5mg - Still have 27% function!
- Anemic - Ferrlicet IV monthly
- Allergies - Zyrtec 10mg 

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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Check out the book The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut as a source of general guidelines to what works and what doesn't work for IBDers. Keep a food diary to track your reactions.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

New Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/29/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey pacers. Welcome. I'm new to the board and I was also recently diagnosed with UC as well. (Though I was diagnosed back in January.) Keep that positive outlook! It'll definitely help you get through everything.
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