Thanks for the advice, everyone. I have an appointment with my doctor late this afternoon so will talk it through with them.
Also made an appointment to talk to a therapist about
the stuff at work that's causing my anxiety. I know people have differing opinions about
this, but for me, UC is primarily a product of stress. 6 months into the most stressful period of my life (after I left my toxic marriage and was dealing with the fallout of that) was when I saw my first ever patch of mucus on my underwear. If I have a particularly stressful day, I can literally feel the inflammation building in my colon. Conversely, last year (particularly when on holiday) I got to the point where I could forget one or two doses of oral maintenance meds and not notice anything untoward for a couple of days.
I've spent most of my working life coming down with mystery illnesses that mimic others, but I've come to realise they are usually my body's way of telling me when to slow down. These days, when I have almost anything go wrong with my body, the first place I look is my mind. Last year I went from one illness every 3-4 weeks to a clear run for several months, all by changing my mindset and staying positive. Hence why I'm inclined to look within for the cause of this current flare-up.
But having meds to stop it escalating will be a good thing, because I can probably deal with the emotional stuff better without having the physical symptoms adding to my worry.
In my case diet is crucial for maintaining remission but official diets like 'low residue', paleo, SCD, etc. aren't very effective. I prefer to keep a food diary to isolate food that triggers symptoms. Gluten and dairy are common problems for most people but everyone is different. You can check out my signature for to see my food triggers.
I like this outlook. No two people have the same tolerance for different foods, so it stands to reason there's benefit in tracking your own unique triggers. I'm curious, however, as to how this might work when I get this current flare under control. Eat food, record it in the diary, then observe what exactly? If you're symptom-free (which I have been until now) how did you observe what each food did to you? Or did you do it all while you were flaring?
Proctosigmoiditis, DX 3/2/2016
Mesalamine 2.4g/day orally, 1.0g/week rectally