Just wondering what you all think about
how many of us may have IBS in addition to UC. In the craziness of my flare last year, I basically forgot that one of my doctors told me he thought I had IBS. I'm certain that I do, and I think the fact that I wasn't treating it was what caused my flare to be so bad and for the inflammation to spread so quickly (going from proctitis to pancolitis in just a few months).
I would eat foods that were supposed to comforting to a "UC" tummy, but they often had the reverse effect because they weren't IBS-friendly. I could never understand why a stay in the hospital didn't make me feel better, but they were serving me liquids that were loaded with sugar and salt (and even caffeine) and processed foods which totally aggravated the IBS.
So I guess I'm wondering how many people have had the same experience. Or after reading this, do you think you may have IBS that you didn't know about?
PS. After learning a TON about IBS on the website www.helpforibs.com, I'm eating better and feeling better even though I basically already in remission (thanks to the spinach/sunflower diet).
DX: Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
Current Treament: Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.