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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis

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Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that affects the digestive system, specifically the large intestine (colon). Around 100,000 people are living with the illness in the UK today and sufferers are usually aged between 15 and 30. Ulcerative colitis is where the colon becomes swollen and this inflammation can lead to ulcers. The ulcers can bleed, forming pus and mucus. At its worst, the condition can become pancolitis. This is where the entire colon is affected.

The symptoms that sufferers may develop are pain in the abdomen, bloody diarrhoea, weight loss, a frequent need to go to the loo and in some cases faecal incontinence. The symptoms can come and go; sometimes there can be breaks in the condition for years. The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown but there is suggestion that there may be genetic factors or links to the environment in which the sufferer lives.

If the symptoms are mild then the condition can be managed with various medications. In more serious cases surgery may be required to remove the part of the bowel which has been inflamed. The sufferer may have to use a colostomy bag. If the condition improves the colostomy bag may be removed.

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I have had severe digestive system issues...ulcerative colitis most of my adult life. My ability to digest and absorb foods properly to get the nutritional benefit was greatly diminished. I knew nothing would be "quick fix", since I had been digestively compromised for so many years. It turns out, my intestinal bacteria were probably totally out of whack from all the trauma and medications my digestive system had endured over all these years. I researched and decided on the Lady Soma Fiber Cleanse - I ordered online after being recommended by my GP. When I received these, I immediately started taking them. I did feel a little dizzy after but I know this response just means the Deep Immune is doing its job, killing off bad bacteria and replacing it with good bacteria. After my body finished dumping all those toxins, I STARTED FEELING BETTER THAN I HAVE FOR YEARS! I will continue to use Lady Soma's Fiber Cleanse It is probably a good addition for everyone's general health, but it can also be life changing for some people like me.





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I have been taking Pentasa (http://www.internationaldrugmart.com/pentasa.html) for about two months and my condition has improved. I had to lower the dosage after the first three weeks, but am doing well now.





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Hi I got diagnosed with colitis 4 weeks ago. I'm on steroid tablets and influx iamb infusions and I'm feeling much better. However I've not been to the toilet for 6 days now and I'm eating a lot because of the steroids. I look 6 months pregnant can anyone suggest anything to help me go to the loo?





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Prune juice is good to help you go the toilet! I have bowel problems and Aloe vera juice helps!

Hi, I have managed to significantly improve my ulcerative colitis using a combination of supplements and diet. I am hoping that I can use this to completely heal my body if I can maintain my diet consistently for a number of months. I have started a blog about what I have done called 'health maverick'.I am keen to take health forward in the UK as we are often misinformed and bombarded with differing messages; this needs to change. I will start regularly posting and would love to get some feedback/questions regarding the protocol that I follow.





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I suffer from ulcerative colitis since five years and a half and I take 800 mg tablets Osakol six tablets a day, and does not have bloody diarrhea and there is no high temperature and Do not wake up to go to the bathroom Stool three times in the morning and sometimes four with the presence of mucus on the stool and mucus color is yellow or black From the beginning of March 2015 Worked Analysis calprotectin and results in March and John and September analysis conducted respectively 28-162-528 Currently the doctor request to increase Osakol tablets to six discs againwant to reassure the descent of black mucus risk knowing that I worked telescope from a year ago and had the same symptoms and the suspension of the doctor was excellent I want to reassure the descent of black mucus risk?





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Hi, I am 17 and every time I poo my bum bleeds, there is a lot of blood what comes out and it is getting worse





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I was diagnosed with colitis 7 years ago and been in remission I have suddenly started flaring quite bad with blood. Today I had a new consultant who preformed a colonoscopy and it was clear. She is now saying I don't have it even though I still have all the signs and symptoms I have always had!





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Hi I've got total ulcerative colitis diagnosed Nov 2014 I also have type 1 diabetes and graves disease and suspected Addisons disease, I'm waiting for a synacthen test. I an having a uc flare up and feeling weak and giddy with aching bones I'm also starting to get mouth ulcers again, I'm prescribed pentasa 8 tabsa day they don't seem to help what can I take that is more effective than pentasa.





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Hi Guys, So I'm 34 and have had UC now for 20 years. Having had a terrible time with steroids over 10 years ago I decided to take time to research alternatives. I've noticed that there isn't much mention on here of complimentary therapies and as such thought I'd share my own experiences. Firstly I do not rely completely on complimentary therapies. They are purely complimentary. Ulcerative Colitis is a serious disease and does need medical attention. I am prescribed Pentasa 500mg tablets and I take these every day and have done for 18 years. In the event of any flare up I also take one Pentasa 1g suppository at night until the symptoms disappear (usually 5-7 nights) and this prevents the need for me to take steroids. However, in addition to Pentasa I also rely heavily upon the following complimentary therapies. In fact these are so beneficial to my UC that without them I will suffer a relapse within 7-10 days. * Aloe Vera gel capsules (these MUST be the soft squigey tablets...not the hard ones). The aloe gel coats the lining of the bowel and soothes and calms any ulcers making bowl movements easier and more regular. I have to mention that I have not had ANY blood in the 8 years I have been taking Aloe Vera gel, even if I do have a slight flare. They are amazing. * Probiotics with multi vitamines....loads of research out there on the positive effects of probiotics on UC..... I take these tablets every day and I can't tell you all how beneficial they are. I barely have any symptoms anymore and when I do, it's mild to say the least. A bit of mucus and wind at most maybe 4 times in the day (which is still unpleasant) but no diarrhoea, no blood, no cramps... Worth a try right? I might also add that I do avoid the following foods: Brocolli Cauliflower Bread (except sourdough) Sweet corn Potatoes (occasionally) substituted with sweet potato Processed meats Carbonated drinks MSG!!!!! Hope this post has been beneficial to somebody....





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Zoellick I've just been diagnosed and really am terrified of the blood it puts me into a full panic attack and I need to not have it at all!I take pentasa suppositories at night and just came off them and had a bit of a flare so back on them, can deal with everything but the blood. Which aloe vera are you taking?

Hi Helen, I'm sorry to hear you were diagnosed with this condition. It can be scary when you see blood, but the more you panic and the upset you become, the more stress this will put on your body. You need to try and stay as calm and relaxed as you can (I know easier said than done!) The Aloe Vera I take are by Health Aid and are the 5000mg gel capsules - I take two a day...one at night and one during the day. I also take a really strong probiotic tablet that is kept in the fridge overnight - its called super 8 and has over 35 billion friendly bacteria. These have been amazing and even enabled me to take antibiotics recently for a chest infection without flaring my colitis up. I will say though that with the aloe vera you need to be consistent and take them regularly - taking them as and when won't help. They really helped me and I know they have helped many other people. The probiotics are amazing too - although they did take me a good month to get my bowels right which resulted in a lot of cramping and a few dodgy tummy episodes....so it might be worth phasing those in once you're a bit more under control. They are amazing though and I take them every night. They've regulated my bowels and actually resulted in healthy weight loss as I don't get bloated or gassy any more. I know its easier said than done, but another tip is to try and go to the toilet 'properly' every day if you can. Constipation is a killer and will result in mucus and blood - I know its not always easy...but if you can try and get a proper movement and not just finish after the mucus etc then this will really help you... Make sure you are on the correct dose of oral Pentasa too - I'm on 1000mg 3 times a day, but was under prescribed for a while.... Good luck - and always happy to offer advice etc whenever...

Hi,my name is anita, I have uc since 2010 I have now been diagnoised with gastroesophageal reflux disease and I have been put forward for a oparation called nissen fundoplication, as this is reflux I have is causing very survere syomtoms no medication I take works and I vomit up undijested food all the time, food gets stuck and I get sulfur burps with servere sickness and diahorra o am just so concerned that my uc will get much worse after this oparation as with people withount any bowl disease gets a lot of wind, this op also means I cannot burp anymore or vomit for the rest of my life, just really concerned if anyone has any idea please reply as I cannot find anything on the internet about this op with uc and my doctors and surgern hasent got any feedback for me ethier, please help going in for this opration on mon 1st dec 2014 next week.





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I had trouble for years with reflux. Ask a carpenter to make two blocks of wood about 6 inches by 4 inches. Make 2 grooves in these blocks of wood to fit the legs or wheels of your bed post. This will elevate your head while sleeping. The first week you will think your going to slide right out of the bed. You won't. If you elevate about 2-3 inches many of these problems will diminish or go away. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. Try starting at 3 go down to 2 if you find you just can't get used to it. Best Wishes to you!


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