Tips on coping with UC... Hmmm... Well, it's good to realize that this is a chronic condition and you have to deal with it. Don't stop your meds - even when you're feeling better. Been there done that - learn from my mistakes! Some times a good cry or scream can help too. Venting to us helps - usually you can find someone who's been through what you have and can offer advice or just lend an ear.
Being diagnosed with a chronic condition is very difficult. You'll go through a grief process. Sometimes, when you've been ill for a while without a diagnosis, it's almost a relief to know what's wrong with you. Knowledge is power - learn all you can about
your disease and it's care. Make sure you can be a partner in your care. Make sure you have doctors you feel comfortable with. Educate your family and support system! Send them here if necessary :)
Judy's advice is awesome! Because this disease deals with the bowels most people feel weird talking about
it. After a while - questions about
poo don't phase a person anymore!
Chronic illness and depression can go hand in hand. If you find yourself feeling down and blue and just don't know why - talk to your GP and ask about
meds. Thank goodness for my anti-depressant!
Yes - the pred can cause brain fog!
I think I've rambled enough - let us know if you have any more questions!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa and Canasa as needed
Aciphex, Effexor XR, BCP, Rhinocort nasal spray
Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use. Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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