scared...not about UC but i still need help

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birdiem
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   Posted 9/27/2007 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
so i tried to quit drinking to help my colitis and overall health. i couldn't do it. i have written a letter to my parents asking them for help and suggesting that i bring this into the open and go to AA and maybe rehab. i know i am drinking to take my mind off my health problems, but that is no excuse. i am at a turning point in my life and i am both happy and scared. this is the first time i have asked for help. now i must be held accountable and i can't lie anymore. it is really good and really really scary. i am sorry this is not about UC but this is the nest support network i have and i wanted to clue you all in. maybe someone else has gone through this?? sorry if this is inappropriate.
katie
23
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery
gastritis

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potty girl
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   Posted 9/27/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I have never had a drinking problem,but have had a few in the family with a problem. with the people I know, the problem waas they didnt want to quit. You seem to have that problem out of the way. I think its a good sign that you ask for help and hopefully you will get it. I am proud of you for wanting to get it under control. I hope you find the help you need and be strong and have that will power. drinking can cause a whole lot of problems in live it will be one less headache you have to worry about. stay strong, I will pray that you get the help you need.
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   Posted 9/27/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Best of luck Katie. One day at a time.

60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  July 07 good days & bad days 75mg Imuran 40  mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg


kb5
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   Posted 9/27/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad have asked for help! You are taking control of your life! Good Luck! we are all here for you!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, down to 15 mg pred.
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---fingers crossed!
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 9/27/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Admitting to a problem is the first step in fixing the problem!

I commend you in asking your parents for help! It takes "guts" to ask! (LOL - pun intended - couldn't help but throw in a little humor)

Best wishes and we're here for you!
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birdiem
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   Posted 9/27/2007 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you so much for your support! i can't explain how much it means to me. in fact, i am printing this out and keeping in my wallet so i can carry your support with me. sorry if that is cheesy but it's the only kind of cheese i can tolerate...lol :)
katie
23
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery
gastritis

VSL #3
Amitriptyline to slow gastric emptying
Forvia
compazine


Sandi.S
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   Posted 9/27/2007 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish you the best of luck.  You're brave enough to own your problem and that's the first step to reaching your goal. 
40 years young
Ulcerative Proctitis (first 25cms) diagnosed in Aug 2005
Currently on 40mgs prednisone daily
 


birdiem
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   Posted 9/27/2007 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
i am going to my first AA meeting tomorrow. i am scared out of my mind, but also excited. i am glad that i told my parents (they were very cool about it) and now i feel like i have some sort of someone holding me accountable, which i feel like is really important. hopefully this will be good for both my physical and mental health. i really appreciate the support, i don't think i could do this without your encouragement. i haven't even done it yet and it is already really really hard!
katie
23
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery
gastritis

VSL #3
Amitriptyline to slow gastric emptying
Forvia
compazine


Red_34
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   Posted 9/28/2007 3:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I come from a family of alcoholics and I know that to stop drinking takes ALOT of will power. But with the right mindset and determination, I think you can do it. My brothers are hardcore drinkers and I have watched them for many years to try and quit - they're still a work in progress. And it took my dad a good health scare to make him stop. I think what you are doing is great! I don't have a drinking problem but I know what it's like to be around someone that is trying to quit - it's going to be a rough road and if you should need a good shoulder to cry on or support - I'm here for you as well as the rest of us. Just remember, that should you fall off the wagon - don't admit defeat - dust yourself off and try again and again - however long it takes to achieve what you want. Hang tough!
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   Posted 9/28/2007 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck! I think you are very brave to understand and admit you have a problem.
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MitzMN
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   Posted 9/28/2007 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not an alcoholic, nor a psychologist, but something stood out in one of your posts, that you will now be accountable to your parents and you hope that will keep you in line (I'm paraphrasing).

In counseling, I had to make promises to do certain things to improve my situation and get better. Saying these promises out loud to my psychologist helped cement them for me. Ultimately, though, the promise is to YOURSELF, and you can only quit drinking or change your behavior because you want a different path for you, because you promised yourself to do that, not anyone else.

It will not be easy, and I don't want to anticipate a fall off the wagon, but what others have said is so true, it's a process, and if you relapse or fall off, don't admit defeat and give up. Keep trying.

Good luck to you! You are stronger than you think you are.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had UC, then J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Prednisone, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. Symptomatic with UC after that.
Colonoscopy in 2001 dx'd left-sided UC. Was pretty darn ill at that time. Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working so switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007.
Gall bladder attack 6/13; ultrasound showed stones; surgery before end of 2007.
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Sideshowbob
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   Posted 9/28/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
katie I commend you on this step. Its been 13 months since I've had a drink and though I miss it I know its the best thing for my help. If you need support with this, keep asking and asking here-we all support eachother. :)
34 year old Male
First Flare was February 2005. Diagnosed June 2005-left-sided Colitis, suspect it has since spread. Started 4000 mg Oral Salofalk June 2005-stopped January 2007. Remission until November 2006.
Been in a flare to various degrees since November 2006 to February 2007. Currently in remission.
Presently on 0 mg Prednisone-down from 60 mg!
Weekly 4000 mg Salofalk enemas.
Daily 4000 mg Salofalk oral.
Started Omeprazole 20 mg February 2007.
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birdiem
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   Posted 9/28/2007 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
i just came back from my very first AA meeting. as scared as i was/ am the kind words you all have given me on this forum really helped. i mean that from the bottom of my heart--i really thought about you guys. thank you for letting me come here for support (even though it is not colitis related). in fact, it is--i am realizing a lot of my problem started as a depressed way of "getting back" at my evil body. but thanks for letting me vent here, it truly helps and i think it will be a big factor in my staying sober.
katie
23
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery
gastritis

VSL #3
Amitriptyline to slow gastric emptying
Forvia
compazine


Bennie
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   Posted 9/28/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Katie, just wanted to let you know that what you are doing is very brave and you should be proud of yourself. We are here for support anytime you need some. Keep us posted.

--Mom of bratcat (16 years old)--
bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Current meds:
Asacol - 4 pills/3Xday
Rowasa - 7/07 tapering slowly
 
hydrocortisone enema - alternating with Rowasa
11/14/06 - started prednisone; 1/28/07 - finished prednisone!
3/3/07 - began to taper off hydrocortisone sloowwly! No more hydrocortisone enemas! Summer 2007 - slowly began tapering Rowasa
Keeping our fingers and toes crossed!!
9/07 -- flaring? Nightly Rowasa. 9/21/07 -- added hydrocortison enemas.

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