I'm new to the forum, but not UC. I was diagnosised in 2002. Rowasa Enemas were used every year to year and half because I hardly any flare-ups. I realized, from reading so much research, that this disease is all trail and error. I stay away from coffee, leafy greens and fake sugars.
My flare-ups have been at their worst since May 2008. I am now taking Lialda (4 pills a day) along with a folic acid vitamin. I have chronic sinus infections and try my best to do without antibiotics. Sometimes, I have no choice but to take antibiotics which always leads to flare up that does not disppear until I use Rowasa for a month's time (really annoying) Over the summer, I didn't respond to Rowasa for the first time in 6 years. I became anemic and lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. In hindsight, I probably should have been hospitalized because I was trying to do ordinary things like walk to the car....and needed to lay down to rest. My dr was on vacation, so I saw his partner. He gave me steroids and my symptoms improved, but didnt totally go away. Mucous seems to be always present. How do I get rid of that????
I started using Birth Control Pills in April 2008. I am wondering if you think there is a connection between BC and UC??? I really hope not.
I'm actually starting Rowasa again tonight and hoping in a month, I'm improved.....