I heard of so many former smokers who developed UC after they quit smoking. I am one of them. Although I considered myself just a social smoker...a few cigarettes if I went out to dinner or a drink. However, about fifteen years ago, I noticed shortness of breath while walking uphill. I had my heart checked out and the first thing the doctor asked was..."You don't smoke, do you?" I told him I only smoked a few cigaretttes a day and he said that was a few too many. So, I quit right then and there. A few years later was when I developed UC. I have a friend with COPD and I sure would rather be walking in my shoes than hers. Her quality of life is terrible. But with my flares occurring more frequently anymore.....I just might give the cigarettes a small chance. I mentioned the nicotine patch to my GI doctor and he poo pooed the entire idea.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning. Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure. Getting old is a b****.