I have been reading through a lot of posts here while stuck in hospital on drips and stuff, and although i think that the emotional support that everyone gves each other is fantastic, I also think that this site could benifit from a few simple tips and easy advice.
Please can you add any advice for ways of coping, or imporving your quality of life with UC, no matter how big or small. I'm sure that different people have worked out different things that help them, and although everyone is different, my hope is that some of the suggestions and ideas will help people who are perhaps struggling to cope, even if they only help a tiny bit, I think it is worth trying.
so I guess I'll go first, with my small suggestions:
Try to remain as active as you can. Be it a walk round the block once a day, or something more adventurous (I realise that sometimes a UC flare up can stop you leavig the house, so even just be more active in the house, maybe do some DIY, or clean things. Not only will being active hel maintain some level of fitness, but it will also distract your mind away from your UC, and keep tension in your abdominal muscles, and in my experience has resulted in me needing to go to the toilet less.
This one is really simple. If like me you find yourself getting up multiple times at night to go to the bathroom. Don't sleep on your left hand side! Ideally sleep on your right hand side. (although on back is also better than being on your left). I have fud that sleeping on my left hand side means that my poo just runs straight through the last part of my colon and I have to go at least twice as often. We all know that sleep is important especially when trying to fight illness. so give it a shot tonight and see if this works for you.
Please could everyone throw in ideas and suggestions, no matter how silly they may sound, ha my second one sounds daft, but it makes a big difference to me. If we all share our little findings and ideas, then hopefully we can all benifit from them.
Thanks in advance!
Post Edited (builttoride) : 11/5/2008 4:32:27 AM (GMT-7)