Moved to the UK, now flaring, wondering about equivalencies??

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RacingChick
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   Posted 10/16/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I've just moved to the UK to complete two Masters degrees over here, and I've been here for about a month now, steadily sliding into a worse flare. I've seen a doctor and I'm getting referred to the local IBD Clinic here, but in the meantime I'm having some difficulty finding some of my bland UC foods. I've been looking for Ensure (or something similar) for a meal replacement, so that I can try and get some more nutrients. I think I have to stop eating most vegetables and fruits again. I tried to find egg noodles today and couldn't, and grated parmesan too (I can normally find a big container of Kraft parm at home that's good to just have with noodles and butter). I am also having a lot of difficulty finding just regular chicken broth (without veggie chunks in it), so I can make some soup of my own.
If anyone has any suggestions for some English equivalents, or where I should look, it'd be greatly appreciated.

As I wait for the referral to the clinic, I've gotten a prescription for a Prednisone enema to take for the next two weeks and see if it clears things up. I'm terrified of trying it, as I haven't been on Pred before, and I've heard so many horror stories.... Hopefully it helps.

Thanks everyone.
22 years old
Diagnosed with Distal Colitis June 26/07 after colonoscopy
8 Salofalk 500mg pills daily
1 Salofalk enema every other day
1 Cortifoam enema every other day
1 Proferrin Iron supplement, Fish oil, and 2 Florastor probiotics daily


Silent Lucidity
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   Posted 10/16/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Ensure,or an equivalent,can be bought in most British Chemist/Pharmacies,try lloyds,Boots or Superdrug.Most of our supermarkets have grated parmesan in small plastic containers.It's in the refrigerators with the other cheeses.You should be able to get egg noodles in supermarkets such as Tesco,Asda or Sainsbury.Try the pasta section,or the "World Foods" or Oriental section.

Steroid enemas and suppositories are topical,not systemic,the side effects aren't usually noticeable and they're nothing to be overly concerned about.Welcome to England,hope you don't mind rain!
Procto-Sigmoiditis dx 1995.First Colonoscopy in ten years,on 29th Feb 2008,revealed moderate to severe Pancolitis.
Current meds;200mg Azathioprine daily.Pentasa 2 x 500mg 4 x daily.
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RacingChick
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 10/17/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the suggestions! I'll give those all a shot when I'm out next.

Also thanks for the comforting words about the steriod enemas, I think I just always get nervous when I'm switching medications.
You know, since I've been here we've had the nicest weather! It's a little chilly now, but September was just lovely.... Although I do suppose that means we'll just get the crummy weather worse once it really cools down. :)
22 years old
Diagnosed with Distal Colitis June 26/07 after colonoscopy
8 Salofalk 500mg pills daily
1 Salofalk enema every other day
1 Cortifoam enema every other day
1 Proferrin Iron supplement, Fish oil, and 2 Florastor probiotics daily


Mark & Megan
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 10/17/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
There is the jpouch board for U.K., I've attached that link below, but if you need you might be able to find from there where a good UK  UC forum is to help you answer your questions.
 
 
Good luck in school! Two masters is no easy task, but will be well worth it in the end :)
Mark & Megan
7 yrs UC to 1 year J-Pouch
Surgery Photo & Journal below: http://ucstory.wordpress.com/
We are updating regularly it isn't just the surgery photos but info all about UC, Surgery and IBD!


lambkins
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   Posted 10/18/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi what part of the uk have you moved too i live in kent and yes the weather has been good as for ensure and the other things you were asking about. Boots /Superdrug for your ensure or if you have a GP you could try and get a script for it it would be cheaper and most supermarkets for all other things good luck with your masters what are you taking?
  
  Diagnosed 22.5.08 with Lft sided U/C
  Meds Predfoam 20mg 2x day stopped started Mesalazine supps 1gm 26/6/08
  Mesalazine 400mg 4 tabsx2 day
  Domperidone 10mg as needed


RacingChick
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 10/19/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Again,

I've just moved into Oxford here. It's strange, because I thought that the big drugstores downtown would have the Ensure, and the grocery stores most of the foods I was looking for. Asking for a script for the Ensure is a good idea though. I have an appointment on Friday with the GI here so I will definitely ask then.

I'm doing a Masters degree in Motorsport Engineering here, and then another in Race Car Aerodynamics at Southampton next year.
I'm so excited to do these degrees, and I really want to push to do well, so as I'm sure you all know, this flare was the last thing I needed at the moment. Annnnd to top it all off I got a new flatmate who smokes heavily, so that's coming into my room and making me feel even worse..... yuck.

Thanks again for all the suggestions, and the interest in my education! :)
22 years old
Diagnosed with Distal Colitis June 26/07 after colonoscopy
8 Salofalk 500mg pills daily
1 Salofalk enema every other day
1 Cortifoam enema every other day
1 Proferrin Iron supplement, Fish oil, and 2 Florastor probiotics daily

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