Kevin Watson said...
Something really important is that you sit down and have a serious chat with your family. It's NOT acceptable for someone who can keep their symptoms at bay by controlling what they eat, to not be allowed to choose what they put into their body. Your family is literally making you flare and they need to realise that and stop it as its damaging your long term health. I know that sounds quite harsh but it's true - it's no different to telling someone with a peanut allergy they have to eat Nutella for breakfast. You don't need a flare at Christmas, bleeding from your colon is not good for anyone. Show them this comment if you need to and tell them straight.
The difficult thing the OP has to face is that many GI's do not believe food has an effect on UC so the OP probably does not have a medical professional to back up their beliefs. Many in this forum do not believe diet modification has benefits to UC, see the first response here.
RiceBunny: being 19 was one of my more anxious years and I didn't have UC. Perhaps talk to your GI and ask about
RX meds for your anxiety that will not hurt your gut. Your anxiety has multiple sources that don't look like they can be disconnected (family, school, sick BF) so do what you can to limit more anxiety. See family less, ease up on hard classes, be good to yourself. Best wishes.
PS Diet mod. really helped my UC and continues to on a daily basis. It's not in my mind, it's in my gut haha.I agree. You need to stand up for yourself.
Generic Balsalazide, 3g/2x day, Rowasa (sometimes)