This is definitely one of the most intriguing aspects of this disease to me, since I studied psychology in undergrad and grad school and have been a counselor in various settings over the years. At least while I'm miserable with UC, I have "ah ha" moments with mind/body/spirit connection that others who don't have these sorts of problems will ever have! This is probably true for lots of people here.
I think about what qualities in myself that this disease tends to bring out. For example, I can tend to over analyze things. It's so easy to do fall into that with UC! I look for "the answer". So far my disease defies answers! I worry despite that fact that worry is a complete waste of energy. Is my gut telling me that exact thing?
I'd love to be able to research so much more.
And just to throw this out there, when I think of how many sayings there are that relate to our digestive systems :
"I can't stomach that"; "She's got a lot of guts"; "Have some intestinal fortitude"; "It just goes right through her" (ok, maybe that one's not necessarily digestively related, lol)
I bet everyone with this DD can think of one.
Potato... Female, 58, dx mild left sided ulcerative colitis 11/07
asacol 3 3x a day
am & pm Rowasa every other day
culturelle, benefiber wafers generic acidophilus, metamucil wafers
children's vitamin, Vitamin E 400 mg
omeprazole 2x a day
oxazepam when needed, lomotil or ImodiumAD (but not in the same day)