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orangeman
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted Today 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Even though my current symptoms are mild right now, I still have days where I mentally have not come to terms with having UC.  If I have a loose BM in the morning, I can't stop thinking that I'm about to start a flare and all the bad things that are associated with it.  I than end up being down for the whole day and a pain in the @#$ when I get home.  I know it's not fair to my wife and kids to be this way, but I don't know what to do about it.  I have started seeing a counselor once a week and hopefully it will help.  I want to be able to live my life with UC and not have UC run my life.
 
Has anyone else had this problem?  If so, how did you get through it?   
 
 
UC since April 2006; first flare May 2007, hospitalized 28 days.
Remicade infusion brought symptoms under control, but caught MRSA infection from PICC line.
2nd Remicade at 14 weeks, severe reaction, no more Remicade.
currently tapering prednisone (20mg/day down from 60), will taper 2.5mg after second Humira injection, crossing fingers that Humira will help me get off the prednisone


Another UC wife
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   Posted Today 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Well - it certainly is not easy emotionally on the "victim" and those close to you especially when you are cranky. I have been with my husband for 39 years and he is the most easy going easy to get along with kind of guy.

This UC has certainly affected his mood and personality which is so totally understandable. I am not complaining but it was tough for me to accept initially as I was not used to his short fuse and total change in personality at times. It affected our social life for sure - we are retired and very active and he became a recluse for 2-3 months at his all time low. When the pain was so bad he could not even comprehend my talking to him.

Even now we have to live our life differently. You basically plan and build in enough time to do what you gotta do before going out the door. Eating was a challenge for a long time - at least we can go out now with friends. A bathroom is needed not long afterwards but at least he can get through a meal for the most part.

The big turning point for me was finding Healing Well and being blown away from all the information and honesty being shared here. I am the "secretary" and information gatherer and advocate on his behalf. However in that process it gave me an in-depth understanding and I gained a lot more tolerance and sympathy for what he was going through.

Still..............on occasion if he is being a bit of a "jerk" I let him know too. I will take so much and let alot slide as it is not so commonplace anymore.

With all the darn meds he is on the last thing he wanted was another pill for depression even though he was given one when discharged from the hospital last May. He basically manages it well and has improved so much from the rock bottom he hit. Maybe something like that may be a help for you. You have a lot on your plate when you have to work and come home to whatever problems there may be there with a family and family stuff that goes on and needs to be dealt with.

Also if your wife has any time at all to peruse this forum it may help her too. Of course - it is necessary for you to explain, apologize and reinforce how much you love her and the kids and get her to realize just how tough it is for you physically and emotionally. As many here have said so many people out there just have no idea how debilitating this is....most think it is a flu like diahreaa thing and you'll "get over it" soon. If it was only that simple.

Good Luck - coping with this is a real tough part of it too. This community is a great place to vent, listen to others, get info from, compare notes, and on occasion get a good laugh here and there. No question is too personal or embarrasing either.

In the beginning I would go to bed at night and relate various info and stories to my husband to keep him up to speed on things. I also make him aware of some of the people who have it a lot tougher than he has it which gives him a better appreciation of where he is at too.

Hope this helps in some small way.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran 2 1/2 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month


TheLori
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 277
   Posted Today 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand, Even the mildest sympstoms get me all worked up and worried that it is going to be a huge flare.  Usually it isnt.

Lori
37/F
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl, prednisone 60,50,40,30, 25,20,15,10,5, 0!!!!!!!!


MitzMN
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   Posted Today 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Going to counseling will help you see this disease more realistically. There are many here, myself included, who have had great luck with different medications. There are even some who have had surgery and have gained back their life after having great difficulty getting flares under control.

You cannot change that you have UC. You can only change your mindset and your reaction to it. Speaking with a professional and following through with exercises or reading will go a long ways toward helping you in that regard. Perhaps during this period of growth (which I believe is what is attempted to be accomplished in counseling, learning about yourself, learning how to think differently about yourself and the world around you) an antianxiety medication might be appropriate. Your psychologist or counselor will be able to advise you in that regard.

You are wise to try to get a handle on this. You don't want to hurt the ones you love, I am sure. I bet your wife really appreciates that you are taking action to try to address this issue. Sometimes people are miserable but too reluctant to do anything to change their situation, which is really sad. Taking control of your life by getting into counseling and learning to deal with this illness will give you invaluable tools to help you deal with not only your UC, but other potential problems life may throw at you in the future.

Good luck!

Mitz
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


pb4
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   Posted Today 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Even after almost 17 yrs I struggle with it emotionally, it's not exactly something you can get over mentally/emotionally when you can't get over it physically, but I've learned to take it in stride and exercising regularly has done a huge world of good for me mentally/emotionally and physically too.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Beth75
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   Posted Today 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I definitely understand where you are coming from on top of having UC I also have a kidney disease and lately I feel defeated, I don't think the treatment is working on me and I will have to take other types of drugs that are more complicated than what I am on now and those are taking a toll on me. Plus I worry about starting a family, being 32 I was hoping to start this year but with kidney disease if I don't go into remisssion and stay there, I could have years of battling it with drugs.

I think once I accepted I have UC and what I needed to do to take care of myself and I have lived a really full life with it, though until recently my symptoms were really mild if at all. Just keep on trying to be positive and find things in your life that are going well and focus on those.

Btw, I had a few prednisone flip outs on my darling husband and he basically just told me that I just can't do that to him. so now I tell him if I am in a bad mood and that I am not fit for company and he laughs and I go take a bath for an hour with a glass of wine and just chill out and usually am better. Sometimes I have just gone to bed with a book and just stayed there. Probably not great advice for people who have kids but I guess what I would try to do if I did have kids would be to if I am having a bad day, when I get home tell them I love them very much give them hugs and that I would love to hear about their day but need 30 min or hour or whatever b/c not feeling well and I don't know if that would work for kids or not????

Anyhow, I hope you feel better soon!
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone e's tapering, Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


JewelsOK
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 364
   Posted Today 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
You have posted my reactions exactly except in my case it is with my children(2 of my kids have UC). If either of my IBD kids have any symptoms, my heart drops, my hands shake and I am a mess. When they are flaring, I can barely eat and I lose weight right along with them. It even happens if my non IBD child has any thing abnormal occur bathroom wise for fear that she will develop it as well. I hate the feeling like always waiting for the other shoe to drop. I have gone to counseling and it has helped some. Antidepressant have helped me as well, a long with the occasional Xanax as needed. I wish I could give you advise, but all I can really say is I understand. This board is a great place to come and vent/learn.

I hate that anyone has to go through this. I wish you the very best as you deal with all of this.
Julie - Mom of Son 16 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine, Imuran, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Zyrtec, Iron, Biotin, Vit/Min
& Daughter 8 UC dx 08/07 Colazal, Prednisone, 6MP, Iron, Vit/Min.


redplum
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 49
   Posted Today 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Orangeman,

I am sorry to hear that you are having a difficult coping with your UC. I can understand where you are coming from. I have had UC for over 20 years now, and I still have a difficult time dealing with it. I get resentful of healthy people and feel why do I have to deal with this and they don't. I also have two boys--8 and 4. It is definitely a challenge raising children and keeping up a relationship with my husband when I feel sick and crabby. Though, there are times that I feel okay.

Seeing a counselor is a great idea. They can help sort out a lot of feelings, and it may even help to have your wife go with you a couple of times to sort out any issues she may have. My husband and I had seen a counselor a couple years ago. My sickness was a big issue between us. If I don't feel well these days, I just tell him. Then I ask him to come early to watch the kids so I can rest. Getting extra rest does help. The counselor also helped him to learn ways to show more concern--like asking questions about how I am feeling on a weekly basis. This helped me feel cared for.

This disease affects the entire family and even takes away from your children..they don't get a parent who can do as much a healthy parent can. I think you well eventually learn to accept your UC. It will not completely run your life, though it does change it somewhat. Tell your wife about your fears and feelings about your illness. I am sure she will appreciate your honesty and get a better understanding about how you are doing emotionally.

Hopefully, things will look up soon and you will feel better.


Regards,

Red Plum

Jeremy "Mr. Snuts"
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Date Joined Oct 2004
Total Posts : 162
   Posted Today 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I struggled with it for the first year when I was diagnosed - now i've basically accepted it(since the surgery I do have SOME symptoms still). What helped me then was that I had 2 friends I played a game with who, one had Chron's, and the other had UC. Us sharing whats helping and working for us made it worlds easier.
Diagnosed with Severe Ulcerative Colitis 1/04 -(18 at the time)
11/04 Total Colectomy
2/05 Ostomy Takedown
1/06 DVT In leg
5/06 Pulmonary Embolii
4/07 Another DVT In leg
Current Medications -
Vicodin 800mg when needed(yumyum)
Coumadin

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Jjc2007
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 194
   Posted Today 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had UC since I was 15 years old. I am now 62.

When I was in the hospital the first time, I remember all the sad faces of my parents and doctors. I had lost 30 lbs and needed six blood transfusions. On some days then I was in the bathroom over 25 times a day, cramping. By the third week, I was on pred, feeling a little bit better and I was supposed to go home. Then the doctor came in and just my Dad was there with and said I had to stay longer because my blood count dropped. I cried and cried and told my dad "I want to go home...I just want to go home." I still remember it: my Dad started to cry with me, held my hand and said, "I wish I had power to make it me instead of you that was sick."

I felt so bad that my Dad was crying. That day, on one of my many long "sits on the comode", thinking I said to myself "I will not let this beat me. I WILL NOT." I would say it in my head over and over and over and over. From that day on, I did it. Every time I had a flare...I would talk to my UC and say: " NO you will not win!"
I still do it.

I think I have lived a relatively normal live for the last forty years. More meds than I liked. But I have not had to use prednisone since I was in my early thirties. I still flare a couple times a year, although they are rarely severe. I have my comfort meals for when I am flaring: Mac and Cheese or white rice with butter and salt, canned green beans, and white fish baked with lemon and butter. I up my dosage of Asulfadine, and I have never had a problem using IMODIUM to get me through some flares. I was an elementary school teacher for nearly four decades, and I did fine.

I know everyone with UC is different. For me, I think mentally, I had to become the warrior. I have always been competitive and I was bound and determined to win the battle. I know it is a difficult disease with which to live. Then I would remind myself of the many other terrible, diseases out there, and accept this was MY disease and I would do battle.

Also, some days it was just necessary, in my opinion, to give myself a "pity party", and sleep and rest and even cry if I needed to. Hang in there, and do what you need to do for you and your family. It's ups and downs, and remind yourself to ENJOY the ups....and give yourself the confidence and strength to do battle when you need to.
diagnosed with UC in 1962
regualr meds:
Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
open heart surgery in 2005 for removal of aortic root aneurysm


KDgirl26
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 11
   Posted Today 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
That is an awesome story Jjc2007. Very inspiring and I competely agree with you that you have to be very strong-minded to deal with this disease. I too have my good and bad days, but you have to convince yourself that this will not beat you and that you can live a normal life.
Jenny 
Diagnosed in February 2005
Currently taking:
Cloazal (9 pills/daily)
Rowasa (nightly, semi-nightly)
Probiotic--VSL 3 (once daily, sometimes more)
Multi-Vitamin (daily)
Folic Acid (daily)
FiberCon (2 pills daily)


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 29842
   Posted Today 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Orangeman..welcome to the forum (if I haven't done so already)!

It takes time. It's not all about UC....it's about learning to live/function with UC.

Communicate with your wife, learn how she feels about you having UC. I think spouses/parents/siblings get left out of the equation because we cannot perceive them as "suffering".

Counselling/therapy is a good thing...it was a lifesaver for me, although I was heading there before I got UC. The timing worked out well.

I also think that the prednisone will have some hand in your emotional state.

Hang tough...it seems for you that the worst is over...but it's still a bumpy ride. Unfortunately, experience is our best teacher. Learning about UC meds, how to use them effectively and trying to maintain a balanced state of functioning goes a long way.

My perspective about it is that it won't be the only thing I'll have to deal with. Maintaining the status quo with meds is the best I can do to function. I still have more I should do to feel even better since I'm getting older....because...If something else comes about with me or my husband, serious enough to throw me into a tailspin...I know I'll at least have the tools to hopefully deal with the UC initially. That's not to mean it couldn't get to the point of very serious...but at least it won't be a total shock. 

I hope the forum will be of benefit to you...

quincy


*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


kazygirl
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 12/13/2007 12:43 AM (GMT -7)   
i am writing this at the risk of everyone thinking im a right nutter, but im doing it anyway, take it how you will...

everybody, repeat after me...

"i choose ulcerative colitis BECAUSE, I CHOOSE ulcerative colitis"

when you tell yourself that YOU actually made the choice, it does amazing things with helping you cope.
i mean we got it and thats that. this is our life and we have UC.
whining and complaining (like i always did) about it doesnt make it go away, so choose it and see what happens to ya.

i said it and meant on sunday night and i havent had any symptoms since and its thursday.
very very weird and eerie and sounds like a crock of crap.. but hey, it doesnt matter... i feel awesome for the first time in over a year!
(i also did landmark education this last weekend, which is where i was told about this)
 
---
after a flare that lasted over a year and hospitalization and major pain the whole time, coping is hard.
you just have to power through it, or, follow above advice...  tongue
steph - 31 year old female - diagnosed UC in 2000
started as proctitis and now is pancolitis..this year long flare is now severe on left side only to splenic flexure. 
50mg prednisone 1x day with breakfast 5 weeks now.. will taper next week by 10mg every 5 days.
2x 500mg mesalazine 2x morning & night - colifoam enima 1x at night - 1/2 endone every 6 hours for pain
now taking calcium supps for pred side effects - got lots of those!
50mg imuran 1x day 8pm to have a baby - VSL#3 didnt work - Aloe Elite didnt work - Budesonide didnt work
ive lost 40+lbs and my legs look like sticks ... ewww
 
 

Post Edited (kazygirl) : 12/13/2007 12:50:57 AM (GMT-7)


pb4
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   Posted 12/13/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Well they do say that the mind is a very powerful thing...it's like thinking that if the whole world suffered with IBD, nothing much would be very different than it is now, except for maybe bathroom line-ups would be longer...and in your mind-set, thinking everyone has IBD might help with coping better as it would make us feel like we're really no different from anyone eles so we mine as well except the fact that this is our life.

Often it's the preasure of feeling like a freak because of this DD that adds to the stress and negative emotional feelings we likely have towards ourselves...human nature of course but as they say, the mind is a very powerful thing.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


orangeman
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 12/13/2007 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everyone for your sharing your experiences, thoughts, suggestions...

I know it is going to take some time to get through this mentally, but I will get through it.  I have a beautiful wife and 5 kids who need me and I need them.  Life is too short to dwell on my UC.  I need to live and deal with the effects of UC as they come. 

thanks again


UC since April 2006; first flare May 2007, hospitalized 28 days.
Remicade infusion brought symptoms under control, but caught MRSA infection from PICC line.
2nd Remicade at 14 weeks, severe reaction, no more Remicade.
currently tapering prednisone (20mg/day down from 60), will taper 2.5mg after second Humira injection, crossing fingers that Humira will help me get off the prednisone


damo123
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   Posted 12/13/2007 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
My view of UC is different from others, so I'll chip in with my 2 cents (euros!)

I do not consider myself chronically ill. I consider myself a healthy person that needs to make some lifestyle and diet adjustments. When I was first "labelled" with a chronically ill condition by the medical community I struggled for a long time to cope with this terrible terrible label. It got me down, depressed me and made my life worse. In fact it made my UC worse. I then did what every GP says not to do. I altered my diet, controlled my stress levels and my colon responded. Gradually I began eradicating myself from the horrible and also incorrect diagnosis of being chroncially ill. I started doing the things I did before UC and what is more important I started enjoying life.

I will never let UC beat me. Each time it flares, each time it will fail. I will get on with life and adjust accordingly. But at no time will UC stop me from living the life I choose to live. If the condition gets worse then I will gladly turn to surgery to defeat it. From those who I've spoken to surgery has given them 95% of their lives back. This is acceptable to me.

I'm very bullish about UC. I make no apoloiges for this. I categoriacal refuse to let it defeat me. Not now, not in the past when I had severe pancolitis and not in the future. Nothing will stop me from fighting UC and nothing will stop me from living my life as I chose. I will use all the advice (and I've gotten really good advice from people on here), I will use all the medication (within reason as I chose). At all times I remain positive and I firmly believe that I will live a life free of most of UC symptoms.

I choose to be very positive about my condition. The minute I did I began to make improvements. I've noticed that some people in life don't like people who are positive about their diseases/conditions. They utter things like "being in denial" etc. This is a legion-of-doom attitude. I wouldn't criticise such people but I would extend my deepest sympathies to them.

You are the choices you make. You must find your own path. Take all the positive advice people offer and throw away the negative. Form your own solution. It doesn't have to perfect. I firmly believe that each of our bodies has an almightly amount of intelligence. Let your body deal with the condition. By all means listen to all the doctors and take the medication you deem correct. But no doctor can tell you how YOU feel. Only YOU can do that.

Finally I would add that UC has shown me many important things in life. I'm para-phrasing the words of Terry Fox now but "I'm determined to never give up. Not today. Not tomorrow. Never. I'm determined to live life to the maximum and take enjoyment from it. To laugh heartily at lives absurdities which we meet along the way and weep passionately at lifes cruelties which we also meet". Above all else we should all "live all the days of our lives".
1600 mg Asacol + 500mg suppositories as needed
Acidophilus
No Stress and a positive attitude (mostly!)
 
My colon appears to be acting somewhat normal (ssssshhhhh...don't jinx it)
 
 
 
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 12/13/2007 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Life is a balance....we constantly weigh what's best for our state of being. Perspective and what we believe is always a mighty tool.

We have to allow ourselves to admit, accept and experience...to allow ourselves to go on with our "flaws".

The differences of opinions on here are a balance....whatever we agree or disagree. We are the only ones who can make the decisions for ourselves.

Opeions, options, options....there are always options.

quincy
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


AshNH
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 208
   Posted 12/14/2007 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
For me, a therapist definitely helped. It made me realize how lucky I was before UC. I think what helped me cope was accepting it and realizing how lucky I still am. Yet, I still find myself in denial, especially during remission. And, similar to you, the panic/depression does set in at the first sight of blood. And the cycle repeats itself...

This site is extremely helpful. however, it can also be depressing when I am in remission and seeing so many others suffer and knowing that I maybe in their shoes soon.
Ash 39 NH, vegetarian
Diagnosed with UC July 06 (I think 6/6/6) during 10 day hospitalization
Current meds: Asacol 12, Imuran 150mg
Centrum Silver, Primadophilus Reuteri, DHA-Omega 3, L-glutamine


quincy
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   Posted 12/14/2007 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I also think realising how we set up ourselves into a cycle of never being satisfied or accepting is important.

Never feel awful for feeling well....misery sometimes doesn't want company, but making oneself miserable to feel one doesn't have a right to feel well is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I have the draw to be depressed when I'm frustrated...it's like it calls me to go to that place to wallow. I may do so for a short visit, but then realise I like the "other" place better. It's a constant conflict...but it's one that I recognise and don't get bent out of shape over.

Like that bag of M&M peanuts....sometimes I can walk away...other times I can't. Sometimes I punish myself for eating them..other times I don't. I don't suffer physically for it...why should I inflict it emotionally?

Because that's what I was used to and because I can.

quincy
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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