I just came home today from the hospital after having surgery. I didn't smoke for about
48 hours (before/after surgery) and by tonight I'm starting to have symptoms of a flare again...
The same thing happened when i tried to quit a couple of months ago. So I know smoking helps my colitis and, personally, I'm sticking with my habit. I also smoke less than 10 cigarettes per day and, yes, I also struggle with really knowing what exactly is the most damaging to the body: flaring, popping higher quantities of prescript
ion drugs or smoking. There is no denying that smoking is bad for us. Can't help but agree though, many of the "socially acceptable" harms people expose themselves to on a daily basis (air pollution, growth hormones in non-organic meat, fast food, refined sugar, pesticides, cleaning products, obesity, etc., etc., etc) are getting off easy as long as smoking is around to take the bum rap. Smoking is one of many manmade/self-inflicted evils.
Sandra, age 34
Diagnosed December 2006 with UC (proctitis)
Currently in flare since Aug'07
(800mg x 2) increased to 800mg x 4 due to current flare
as needed nightly due to symptoms
Vitamins E, C, B complex, magnesium
Omega 3/6 supplements (500mg x 2)