The cause of UC is not known for certain. There is a genetic component to it, as people with family members who have UC or Crohn's are more likely to have UC, but it isn't directly inherited like, say, blue eyes. It's believed that environmental triggers are necessary to activate the disease. Often the trigger is stress; some people feel their disease was triggered by something in their diet, medication they took or other life events.
There are other causes of colitis - infections, for instance - which resolve. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease for which there is no medical cure. It sounds as if you're doing well at this time, just be alert
for changes and do call the doctor if you see any. The longer you let symptoms go on, the longer it can take to bring them under control. The majority of people with UC are able to live normal lives with maintenance medication.
Diet will vary for us, as the disease isn't the same for all. Commonly, most of us find that when we're having symptoms that really high-fiber, fatty and spicy foods will bother us. Lactose and gluten intolerance are also more common in people with UC; if you seem to have problems with these your doctor can test. One of the best ways to find out what foods (if any) bother you is to keep a food diary for a few months. Note what you ate and any symptoms. If you find that one food consistently causes you difficulty, you may want to eliminate that from your diet. Personally, now that I'm in remission I eat everything I ate before UC.
Welcome to HealingWell, and remember as you read the posts here, most of us are here because we're having trouble right now and need help. The majority of people with UC aren't posting here because they're out living their lives and not thinking about
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
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