Chloe - welcome to HealingWell! We're sorry you had to find us, but glad you did :) This is a very knowledgable and supportive group.
Chances are that your husband will not be on Rowasa nightly forever. There is a tapering routine after his condition is stabilized. So, if traveling, you might not need a WHOLE suitcase for the Rowasa :)
That brings me to the questions! What are his symptoms? Where in his colon is his UC? How many Lialda per day?
You're doing a great job of being supportive so far! Learning about
the condition is a huge help to us UCers.
Diet doesn't cause UC, but it sure can cause some discomfort. Personally, I have cut out all carbonated beverages. They cause me major gas pains. When I'm flaring I try to eat foods that don't bother me - which in my case (UC is very personal and can vary from person to person) means:
-no raw fruits and veggies,
-make sure any fruits and veges are cooked into oblivion and are 'fork tender' meaning you can squash them easily with a fork,
-cut out most sugars, especially any artificial sweeteners,
-eat smaller meals with frequent snacks to avoid "over-loading" the colon,
-keep a food journal to see what foods effect the UCer more than others,
-cut out those foods until UCer is feeling better then try in small quantities.
Keep the questions coming - they're the easiest way to learn :) Also, many find it useful to look through old posts for information.
See you around!
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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