Is There A Natural Cure For Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis and Pregnancy Challenges: Amandas Story

Typical symptoms include pain, bloating and diarrhoea which can be bloody. The symptoms of ulcerative colitis tend to come and go, with attacks being interspersed with relatively symptom-free periods. The condition is most common in young and middle-aged adults. Although the cause of ulcerative colitis is not known for sure, there is some evidence that it may be triggered by reactions to certain foodstuffs. While any food can cause a problem in this respect, dairy products (especially milk and cheese) and grains (especially wheat) are common culprits. Your mother might try eliminating dairy products and wheat from her diet. Alternatively, she might do well to have her individual food sensitivities assessed. The sort of food testing which is commonly available in health food stores (Vega testing) is quick, relatively economical and may yield useful results. It is believed that some people with ulcerative colitis have difficulty digesting starches and sugars, which can lead to the fermentation of carbohydrate in the gut by bacteria and/or yeast. This in turn leads to irritation and ulceration of the bowel wall. Reducing or excluding fermentable carbohydrates such as grains, potatoes and sugar has helped a significant proportion of ulcerative colitis sufferers. For more details about this specific approach, your mother should read 'Breaking the Vicious Cycle' by Elaine Gottschall (available from the NutriCentre bookstore on 020 7323 2382) In addition to making dietary changes, your mother may benefit from taking a fish oil supplement rich in the essential fats EPA and DHA. These anti-inflammatory fats help to soothe and heal the gut lining and may benefit people with ulcerative colitis when taken for several months. click here

'Ulcerative colitis is painful, crippling and humiliating'

But I did. Most colitis sufferers have stories about times when they weren't so lucky. Having colitis means a life full of such mortifying toilet dashes and dependency on strong medication, which is hit and miss until you find out which works for you. (One immune-suppressing medication I took, azathioprine , caused my neutrophils white blood cells to diminish so rapidly that a throat infection almost killed me. It also made me vomit for weeks and caused my hair to fall out.) The disease has weakened my bones and my immune system is in tatters. There are regular hospital visits, colonoscopies (just as fun as they sound), infusions and transfusions. Basically, a series of painful, uncomfortable and embarrassing experiences. But personally, harder than any of the physical and practical discomforts is the loneliness. I am constantly fearful that I will suffer a severe flare-up and be hospitalised or, even worse, soil myself in public. I have to check everything I eat, as certain foods cause the ulcers to start burning in my gut. Every day I think about the part colitis played in the breakdown of my relationship with the father of my child. I wonder how I will ever be able to find someone to share my life with and worry what will happen if I get too sick to take care of my son. But for all the despair the disease has brought to my life, there are always things to be thankful for, such as the support from family and friends, and my beautiful son, who keeps me getting up in the morning, even when I feel horribly ill. When I am well, I enjoy every minute of my day. I take opportunities and achieve things that I might never have attempted if I hadn't been forced into trying harder at life. So don't take pity on me. see this site

We debated, we talked, I obsessed until finally when Claire was three years old, we agreed to pull the goalie again and see where life took us. A new gastroenterologist told me she thought my pregnancies resulted in premature births because of my ulcerative colitis and the flare-ups that occurred just prior to both C-sections, but said wed address those problems if we got there. By May 2012 I was pregnant again. Almost immediately I knew something was wrong with this pregnancy. I didnt feel right; I had a pretty bad colitis flare, then developed an eye allergy, followed by an allergic reaction to Benadryl. Within a week, I started bleeding. Two ultrasounds showed heart beats but they were inconsistent, and within a few days, a third ultrasound showed the pregnancy had been reabsorbed into my body. I was devastated, but had little time to think about it because I developed MRSA two days later. The obstetrician said the miscarriage was a fluke and more common than most would think, so we waited a few months and tried again. Fast-forward to October 2012. I was newly pregnant, felt great and life was good. full article