I feel like my endo and my UC have been doing the tango, competing for first prize. On days when my UC tends to be on the quiet side, my endo craves to steal the scene and do a few painful twirls on my diaphragm. Then they swap back and forth - never a dull … Continue reading The Tango Between Two Diseases
Pre-emptive to my trip down south next week I thought I would write about my adventures with alcohol since my UC diagnosis. I begin this by saying alcohol and endometriosis are ALSO not friends so I am not exactly being smart by having alcohol in the first place. But, we all have our days. Ok … Continue reading Alcohol and Inflammation: One Size Fits All?
Ladies and Gents, Im sure there are times when you get so wound up about how your body is feeling, or how its not performing the way it used to, or simply that you're just tired and irritated in general. Maybe its from your Endo, maybe its from your IBD, or maybe its just 'cuz. … Continue reading I dont know what (my mood) would do without…
One of the most frustrating things about this journey is I must have had Ulcerative Colitis for years without realising it - or calling it Endometriosis - but now that its here, its like it wont go away. And I keep telling myself that I cant give up because its just the beginning, but some … Continue reading Its just the beginning but it feels like the end
Being a science major I thought for sure 'residue' was implying some sort of metabolic by-product produced by certain foods that would upset the lining of my colon. Nope... the residue is simply the poop mass. Not very technical at all. And therefore the diet is geared around reducing the amount of poop that is … Continue reading What is the ‘residue’ in a low residue diet?
It has taken a lot of effort to do anything today. I woke up early feeling good, and not even two hours later I HAD to take a nap.... for like 3 hours. Is it considered a nap if its for 3 hours, I wonder? Anyways, its nearing the end of the day and I … Continue reading Last day of Prednisone
What a day! I am finally well enough to talk about what happened two days ago. As you know, my GI told me she wants me to increase my salofalk dose from 2 pills three times a day, to 8 pills once a day. Mother of goodness, that is a handful of pills. Not to … Continue reading Too many pills
First let me start off by saying I am so lucky to have this GI. She is smart, thinks outside the box, and has very good bedside manner. She had seen me when I was admitted into the ER and performed my colonoscopy. Unfortunately throughout the 10 days I was at the hospital, she had … Continue reading My first GI follow up was no gem
Thought this might warrant its only blog article since a lot of you will either be on your first go at this, or have been put back on prednisone for recurring flare ups. When I was discharged from the hospital after my diagnosis I was put on 8 pills of prednisone a day for about … Continue reading Symptoms of Prednisone
If you came back for more, I hope this doesn't mean you also have UC, but I do hope sharing my story is helping you in some way. Alright lets see. After the colonoscopy was complete I was able to go back into the room in which my mother was sitting. Oh man, the tears … Continue reading Endometriosis and Ulcerative Colitis – A new diagnosis Part 2