About Me: Female, 36, Wheeling, WV, member since Jul 2012
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis two years ago one week after quitting smoking. I had no prior or family history of the disease until then. Within 6 weeks, my colon had totally diseased and perforated requiring a total colectomy and wore an ostomy bag for one y
[More]ear before being reconnected. Since reconnection, I have not had any flares or other problems associated with UC (knock on wood). I have since started smoking again, but have also worn a Nicotine patch as recommended by my doctors at Cleveland Clinic and home. They have told me that Nicotine, for whatever reasons, helps UC issues (flares, inflammation, etc) at bay. I also take nightly suppositories (Canasa) as a preventative measure to keep inflammation away. I am almost one year post reconnection and have had no problems with my UC (again, knock on wood).
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