I smoked for around 14 years and never had any digestive problems during that time. After I quit, I started getting blood in my stool, but I assumed it was hemorhoids. When my UC finally flared bad enough for a diagnosis, I had been off cigarettes for 4 years. I've heard about
smoking and UC, but it was hard enough for me to quit the first time, so even if it would relieve some of the UC symptoms, I'm not willing to trade my lungs to get rid of the UC...which is weird since my UC leaves me exhausted all the time, and I haven't able to exercise or do any of my favorite outdoor activities since my UC got bad. I'm still hopeful that I'll find something that alleviates the UC so that I can become an active participant in my life again.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06, had symptoms since '99
Meds & supplements: VSL#3, Lialda, Allegra, multi-vitamin, buproprion, fluoxetine, omeprazole, and vit B-12.
Still doing the spinach/sunflower seed diet, but it isn't helping as much anymore :(