Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory condition of the colon. When I was diagnosed in October of 2011, my colonoscopy revealed only a small section of my colon that was inflamed. But that small section was a level 7. (meaning VERY inflamed!) What a scary diagnosis at age 33! Of course I go home and google it. DON”T EVER GOOGLE MEDICAL STUFF! I quickly learned from google that I would have a stoma (poop bag) and also die of colon cancer. I immediately told my husband that he could leave me if he wanted, and it was a good “out”. Of course he didn’t, because like I said earlier, I am fabulous in so many other ways, and he is pretty awesome too.
I started on the medication, Asacol HD, which is a strong anti-inflammatory-think Advil on crack. I had to take 3 800 mg tablets 3 times a day. My immediate symptoms improved within a month. I still had some issues, and when I tried to lower my dose (with my Gastro’s permission of course), my symptoms would return.
This is when I started playing with my diet. I have always eaten a low-fat, high fiber diet. I’m an old Weight Watcher, and that is what you did. However, this diet was causing me pain, and other symptoms I don’t want to discuss. So, I did a complete switch. I eliminated a lot of foods from my diet. No more alcohol, grains, sugar, and even some fruits. I now eat a high protein, low fiber diet. I include meats, healthy fats, lots of veggies, nuts, and certain fruits.
My last colonoscopy (March 2013) showed a level of 1 inflammation. My gastro was shocked and thrilled! (and so was I)
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory condition of the colon. The inflammation is usually limited to the rectum and lower colon, but it may also involve the entire colon.
Ulcerative colitis differs from another inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis, on the other hand, affects only the colon.
About 700,000 people in the United States have ulcerative colitis, with males and females affected equally. On average, people are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in their mid-30s, although the disease can occur at any age.
Though the cause of ulcerative colitis is not fully understood, researchers believe it to be a result of a combination of factors involving genetics, the environment, and the immune system.
Ulcerative colitis can be difficult to diagnose, because symptoms can be similar to other intestinal disorders. Patients with suspected ulcerative colitis can be referred to gastroenterologists who specialize in ulcerative colitis and other IBDs.