Hey guys, this is my first time posting, and I just want to thank you in advance for your help!
I'm 18 years old was diagnosed with UC about
4 years ago, when I was 14 years old. I had a big lifestyle change when I started playing field hockey in high school. It was a huge increase in physical activity as well as stress, which led to a flare up. Other factors included a genetic component - my dad has UC - and a long stint on antibiotics for acne. My UC was diagnosed with an endoscopy/colonoscopy, and then my doctor put me on Prednisone and Asacol for about
4 months. These medications seemed to fix me, and I even went off my maintenance medicine after a while. After this, I was fine for about
4 years (had minor flares in between, but these would only last a day or two, as I would switch to a low fiber diet at the first sign of trouble). I really haven't had to think about
my UC for a long time.
Unfortunately, after I entered college this past fall, my UC flared up once again. It started with just seeing blood in my stool, but progressed to cramping, urgency, and bowel movements 3-5 times a day. And there's lots and lots of blood and mucus every time. Ever since this flare up started, I've also started getting migraines :( This has been going on for 2.5 months now and I haven't really done anything about
it except switch to a mostly low fiber diet. I'm reluctant to restart the process of seeing a GI doctor and taking medicine (which I hate doing). This flare up is really unpleasant, but I guess I can live with it.
I guess I have a couple questions. What are the odds of this just going away on its own if I control my diet? What do you guys suggest I do? And what I'm most curious about
is, what will happen if I just leave it untreated?
I'm pretty clueless about
UC, so your advice is much appreciated.
Post Edited (sj123) : 1/15/2016 10:18:00 PM (GMT-7)