Catherine James said...
The only thing I can add is that you mention being super in shape! There have been quite a few famous sportsmen in Britain that have disclosed having ulcerative colitis and I think there might be a link between being so end-driven and focussed. You might want to consider not overdoing high intensity training and opt for more gentle exercise like walking or swimming which are rhythmic but relaxing. Also, mindfulness and meditation could be mixed in. Being highly driven gets stuff done but it can come and bite you on the bum! Quite literally. Good luck! Cath x
I've never seen any stats, but anecdotally it does seem like it's healthy adults in their 20s who go to the gym, eat healthily, etc. who are most likely to come down with UC. It's certainly not the beer-swilling, smoking, overweight sorts. Or if it is, then they don't join HW.
Even Holby City featured such a character with UC. I know it's a joke programme, but still... they do have medical researchers and they would probably have researched the 'typical' profile of somebody who gets UC for the first time.
Dx Crohn's in summer of 2000. (Yay )
Tried and failed: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, various diets.
Had surgery Feb '13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy. First thing to put me into remission in 13 years.
Had second surgery 10th July '15 to reverse the stoma and connect the ileum to the rectum. Officially flaring again. The fun never begins.