Hi, and welcome to Healingwell. When first dxed, it can be a really scary time. So many questions...What can I eat? What can't I eat? Am I always going to be using the crapper 15 times a day? What does blood in my stool mean? How are different meds going to affect me? Is the urgency going to be with me forever? A week or so ago, another newby was asking many of the same question you are, and the info that the UC vets gave out was simply marvelous. I think it should be required reading for all new members on the forum. Here is a link to the thread:
The thread is titled : I just got diagnosed with UC...help!
Sorry that you'll have to copy and paste the above link. I'm not savvy enough to make a link be accessible yet.
It sucks to be missing so many teen social activities because of this illness. The sooner you can get yourself med stabilized, the better off you will be. Unfortunately, there aren't magic pills to take that will reduce symptoms immediately and keep you feeling 100% forever, but with the right med regime and following a diet that work for you, hopefully you can get thing under control and begin to get out and enjoy yourself again.
I was dxed with UC at 33, and it took me awhile to accept it, but it seems like most younger people new to the dx are be able to show a maturity beyond their years, and they quickly start to learn to take care of themselves. Don't be afraid to post any qusetions, regardless of how gross you might think it is. Common conversations around here center around bowel movements and other things that you just can't talk about
with people who don't understand UC. The people on this forum not only understand, but have probably gone through it themselves. This site is a great resource, and the people here genuinely care. come back visit anytime.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort retention fluid, Prednisone 15mg and tapering down