Thanks for asking this, Marcell. I firmly believe that extreme stress brought on my UC ... I don't fit the age range according to the docs, and no hx of bowel issues for me or anyone in my family. I was experiencing crazy amounts of stress during mid-April through late June of 2017. When things finally starting to cool down in early-July is when the problems began. By mid-July I had been hospitalized for 5 days and left with a dx of UC. The doctor's said that "stress could bring it on" ... though that my my theory asking, not theirs offered. They could offer no reason why I would all of a sudden get UC at 46, with no prior hx of any bowel issues.
I'm still new at the UC, and still researching and trying to find my groove - so to speak. This post was SUPER helpful to know that 60% of the people who took the poll had stress when UC began.
I've had two flares since being diagnosed, both treated with steroids. They also started me on Colazal for maintenance. But, I'd really like to find a non-RX way to manage this, if possible. I eat healthy, and am not ready to accept that I'll need to take 9 pills a day for the rest of my life to manage this. I even took myself off it for a few months to experiment and my inflammatory markers decreased. Then the holidays hit, with additional stress on top of that - - and, bam, the second flare.
I've been working on managing my stress since last July, but am not sure I'm being 100% successful, so am continuing to think about more ways to do that and talking to my docs about it, as well. I do yoga and meditate regularly, get a monthly massage, and see a chiropractor who incorporates massage weekly. I'm also thinking of checking out an osteopath and a chi therapist.
Lastly, it was suggested to me that I try a FODMAP diet as my UC might be caused my a food allergy.
So, thanks again for the insightful posting and replies, everyone. And, if anyone has any experience with osteopath, chi therapy, or FODMAP for UC, I'd love to hear it. Or, any other ways they manage their stress.
My bowel never really worked perfectly, but all the symptons started after the most stressful moment of my life, after a surgery, along with work. So for me it's stress related. At least what triggered it was stress. I went to another doctor today. She says it's most stress that causes the disease. They don't have enough studies to say whether someone can be cured or not by removing high stress or anxiety. I researched but there's not a lot about
it. Seems like they are not trying.