If you have ulcerative colitis (UC), a type of inflammatory bowel disease , you may need vitamins or supplements to help maintain good nutrition . That's in addition to eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Here is an overview of the supplements you may need to take if you have ulcerative colitis . Keep in mind that the best source for nutrients is the food you eat, and that actual deficiencies vary from person to person. So before taking supplements, discuss your nutritional status with your doctor.
I do promise to get a regular member name and stop in from time to time. It won't be Louise--they retire mod names like beloved sports players or something.
The thing that I want to remind you as I head off to a new adventure--YOU are the community, the heart and soul of the community. You each lead every time you post. You welcome, you show empathy, you share views, you share your lives, and those actions make this community truly wonderful.
You know these terrible conditions better than anyone else. We all have GI doctors, but no matter how good the GI, you are better set to relate with the reality of IBD.
You know the frustrations: with your bodies, with the limitations, with the meds, the diets, the supplements, the manufacturers of toilet paper and the ins and outs of every style of public restroom.
If you are anything like me, you know the pattern of your bathroom floor and the odd places in the grout in your bathroom. Those things mean the world to the other members and to new members.
Be good to one another. Welcome the new members. Be gentle with the overwhelmed.
I flurry about driving the other mods nuts with last minute do and don'ts...like a first time mom leaving her child with a sitter. I keep reminding myself that the communities I tended were never MINE, each just allowed me a part in the community. Communities belong to the members--that's you. Keep this place great for each other, for the new members that come along, and for me to visit.
Take care of yourselves.Update even when you are doing well. I have often been sad that we don't all post more on those good days or once we get a med that works. We all need the hope that someday we too will head out the door without worrying about whether there will be lines for bathrooms or no clean bathroom.
Thank you for having me as mod, as part of your community, and for all your wisdom and good thoughts.
If you get diagnosed with colitis, there are a large number of meds used. Steroids are generally only used to bring severe symptoms into line and depending on where your colitis is located--there are "retention enemas" containing steroids that may work instead of systemic.
Let us know what you learn. A note--I would make sure to have them double check any suspected bacteria before antibiotics. Antibiotics do bad things to people with UC/Crohn's. (except the people who get antibiotic treatment with flagyl FOR their IBD)View Thread
No one type of colitis is worse than others really. Even within the same type there is a range. I have Crohn's, but there are plenty with many more serious complications and plenty of people who get almost no complications. The same thing goes for any IBD.
The ups and downs rot. Best thing is patience, watching out for foods that make things worse, never missing a dose of meds, keeping in touch with your GI doc, staying hydrated, and rested.
With Type 1 Diabetes, you definitely need to watch the hydration in particular.
Good luck and know you are never alone and stop by-we can offer everything from cleaning tips to bathroom stocking to ideas on how to get the right answers from your doctor and share experiences with medications and tests.View Thread