As the years go by, exciting medical advances in this area continue to spring up. Many different medicinal therapeutics such as Remicade, Humira, prednisone, Asacol, 5ASA, etc; the list is nearly endless! Whether you are having a minor flare-up of either UC or Crohn’s or a major issue, there is a treatment that can help you, and fast. Remission of either disease is not only possible but expected by most doctors. I thought I’d never see the day when I didn’t have to carry extra clothes or toilet paper with me while out to dinner, at work, going to the store, walking in the park, or even on a date, but it does arrive. It was AWESOME to be normal!
A good doctor will always listen thoroughly and make sure you feel like a partner in your treatments. While they do their part, there are things you can do to help your situation. Some items that you can personally work on include stress reduction, diet, exercise, vitamin supplements, rest, and self-care.
I have found that liquid B-12 will help when your energy feels low. I know when my stomach starts to feel off, there are many probiotics for gut health on the market. Just like any good consumer, I started buying the cheapest product on the market thinking all probiotics are created the same. Not true! You do get what you pay for. A specific brand I always look for is Natures Bounty Critical Care for the GI. Your gastrointestinal tract will thank you.
There’s no way to eliminate the stress of everyday life. However, you can find ways to manage it. Take your minutes even if they turn into days, and be selfish with self-care. Not everything works for everyone. Your style is what matters. For me, seeing a therapist and practicing meditation has helped me keep things in control. Others tell me they use yoga, writing, painting, reading, sports, and many other "vices" in bringing down their stress levels. It is YOUR life, so it’s your choice.
Remember, what you put in your body will produce a reaction throughout your entire digestive system. We all know that greasy foods are not too healthy for us to begin with, yet if you have one of these conditions, the aggravation will only be exacerbated. This is not to say you can never have a beloved Mcdonald’s meal ever again; it only means to watch what affects you personally. Finding a good dietician is always worthwhile. They can fill you in on so many delicious things! Remember, there is a lot of trial and error, so keep a daily log of your eating habits. Certain things work for some and not for others. It’s okay. These diseases are not a one size fits all. It would be comforting if they were, yet the freedoms you may have may differ from someone else's with the same condition. We are all unique, and, as in life, our uniqueness follows through to what works in our bodies.