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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 11/2/2007 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all!
I've finally decided to hop in here after a few months of lingering and reading some very helpful and inspiring posts. I wandered here before I was officially diagnosed with UC. I was searching to answers to why I was feeling so miserable!
I had several frustrating visits with my primary physican who had no idea what was going on. Finally, after failing treatment for hemorroids, he sent me for a colonoscopy. I was diagnosed with UC this summer (July I think?!)
My first treatment was mesalamine enemas for 30 days, symptoms subsided for a few months and I recently was put on Asacol for a mild flare. I seem to be doing okay but I'm really interested in trying a natural approach. I've read some great things from you all on the topic.
I'm very new to all of this, trying to figure out what to eat, what not to eat, what meds work for me etc. Looking forward to reading some more and hopefully remission!!
Jenn (Friday707)
Diagnosed July 2007
Currently: Asacol 3 x daily

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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23551
   Posted 11/2/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jenn, welcome to the forum :) Have you ever tried probiotics yet? A quick summary of a probiotic (in case you don't know) but it's basically good bacteria you ingest to replace the bad (in the colon) that is too abundant in Ibd'ers. As for food, everyone is different as to what they can tolerate but the "general" rule is to avoid raw fruits or vegetables, spices, caffeine, sugars, nuts, seeds, alcohol while in a flare. You may find that when you are in remission that this doesn't apply. The foods we can eat while flaring don't break down properly and can rub across the ulcers causing discomfort. I'm glad to hear you are doing ok :)
Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal, Canasa, 6mp, Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio 
Allergies - Singulair, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)
Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia - '06 
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 11/5/2007 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherry!

Thanks for the info. I've been eating a probiotics yogurt - not sure if it's helping or not. I've tried to note foods that really make me uncomfortable during a flare - and raw veggies is definately one of them! It's tough because I love veggies and fruits - but it's not worth the gut pain.

There's a wonderful natural food store near by - I might visit and check out some foods and supplements. Seems like my GI doc is willing to work with his patients about going med free if it's possible. Just saw the nurse practitioner last week and wasn't overly impressed with her approach.

Anyway, thanks for letting me ramble!

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 640
   Posted 11/5/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Gotta agree -- especially if you're going to a natural foods store -- that you should pick up and try some probiotics. They cannot hurt and they surely could help. I believe I heard somewhere that you'd need like 10 cartons of yogurt (or some ridiculous number) to equal the amount of good bacteria you get from one probiotic.

Good luck!

Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

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