As a senior here (68) I KNOW stress has a part in UC. For years I had IBS and inherited anxiety/panic attacks from a Mother who worried about everything. When I first had symptoms - about 18 months ago of nausea/sweating/insomnia/diarrhea, etc. by primary care doc and OB/GYN thought it was anxiety related and I agreed so I tried about four medications before I found the 1/2 Xanax every 6 hours helped. All other drugs just made me worse. Then the IBS turned into very bloody "D" so a colonoscopy was recommended. (I had two sigmoids over the years with no problems).
Of course, colonoscopy/endoscopy showed proctosignoiditis and GERD. A surgeon did the tests a year ago and recommended Rowasa only. I did not get the prescription or see a gastro doctor because that was when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer - talk about stress!
I lived over a year with taking Imodium, pepto bismal, gasX, etc. and living with it until my husband got done treatments and is stable. So, I finally went to gastro doctor and had another colonoscopy and have been trying to heal my colon since May. Apparently 5-asa drugs help but after a few weeks the side effects are worse than the UC. I stopped all untnil next week and see what is next!
Back to STRESS, etc. - yes, it certainly has to cause a lot of flares, etc. If we can keep stress under control - the UC would be so much easier to deal with.
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Starting Rowasa nightly