Hi Peety. I am also an attorney. May be we suffer from UC because of stressful profession we chose. THat is what my first GI told me during the initial diagnosis. He said I am in wrong profession. Diagonsed with UC in 1989 - Well that way you are much senior considering the date of diagnosis. Had worst of times - been on and off on pred for over 16 years and finally gave in to J pouch surgery. Life became much more painful after this surgery related compliactions like incisional hernia, fistulas, allergies, food reactions. Can't have any food except home made cheese. MY advice to everybody is save your colon as long as you can and avoid surgeries through alternate remedies. I did try ayurvedic, unani, chinese, herbal, homoepathy and yoga too. Well even tried Vitamin E enemas - but that was at a very late stage. Anyway one can definitely try home grown fresh turmeric. Eat turmeric first thing in the morning, empty stomach. It is very healing and creates a lining in the entire system from food pipe down to the colon and protects it from all kinds of reactions and bleeding ulcers. One can also try Sallaki - bosenwalia. I did try and it helps. But try haldi/turmeric. it is very good being a natural anticeptic.
Good HEalth to you all.
If one becomes sick and patient, one thing one should never loose is patience.
PS - Mal - 45 years
Diagnosed UC Oc 1989
Had J Pouch November 2005
My first GI said he had lots of young DC lawyers as patients, so there is something to be said about that. But I don't find stress affects my UC, and I don't really have too much stress in my job or life anymore. I got UC from taking Accutane, but just recently figured that out and my medical records have been destroyed by now so I can't even prove I took it so I can't join the litigation.
It's not often that we hear that j pouch didn't go well, I have often wondered if I should have had it a long time ago. I manage OK, not great, but OK. Prednisone still works for me when I need it and the side effects have been temporary. I guess it's a very individual decision, depending on lots of factors.
The naturopathic doc gave me a supplement that is supposed to strenghthen my colon, but I can never remember to take it. I think it has some of that in it, as well as licorice root. I will give it another try.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days.