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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/7/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum, and I have just been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.  I feel okay and I am not that sick.  I have had some bloody stool, which is why they did the colonoscopy and confirmed UC.  However, all of my bloodwork is fine.  My doctor just put me on Rowasa.  I have usually heard people with UC are very sick and have multiple symptoms.  Is it normal to feel okay?  Also, my UC is only in the lower sections of my colon.  I am very scared because I have heard lots of stories about how bad UC can be.  Any support and comfort is greatly appreciated!! 

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   Posted 4/7/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Continuation - Also, I am 31 year old female with a 6 month old son.  Under quite a bit of stress at the moment.  Could this have triggered it?   

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 4/7/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brinda,

This is such an individualized disease that the extent of symptoms and triggers differ from person to person. It's good that you are starting treatment with the symptoms only being mild - hopefully that will make it easier to get it under control soon.

It's normal to feel okay, as many people with UC do feel okay for a lot of the time; and don't get scared at all, just read-up on UC and your treatment options so that you understand things better and are able to have a two-way dialogue with your GI specialist.

Hope you're fine soon!
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet

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   Posted 4/7/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you feel okay and I hope it stays that way for you, it varies from person to person and sometimes even from flare to flare...I got sick with IBD about a yr and 4 months after I had my first baby too (this was 18 yrs ago now), there does seem to be many of us women that it happens for this way and I know that hormones definitely can play a role in exacerbating symptoms (during period time the last 6-7 yrs have been awful, yet they were okay before that time), it's a screwy disease and likes to mess with you (nature of the beast)...just eat as healthy as possible (cut back or out the fast-foods, processed foods/beverages, caffeine, refined sugar/artificial sweetners and animal fats), try and exercise regularly...taking a good probiotic daily is also beneficial even if you don't have severe symptoms, mine as well do what you can to keep it that way.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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