I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 1999 when I was 18, since then I have tried various treatments but had very little response to any of them, I was in hospital 2-3 times a year due to this and lived in constant pain and discomfort. The only drug that had any long term affect was prednisone but after being on an average dose of 40mg a day for many years it stated having other ill effects.
In 2008 I had my entire large intestine removed and had a J-Pouch created, since then my life has improved greatly, I don’t have constant pain, blood and mucus anymore, but still need to go to the toilet regularly. Before the opp I would have to go to the toilet up to 50 times a day, but now it’s generally between 15-30, depending on what I eat and how much gastrostop and panadeine I take. The main problem I have now is gas, I have changed my diet to help reduce gas but still get a lot of build up, this is a big problem as now I cannot pass gas without going to the toilet.
This problem affects me mostly in the evening and during the night; I can’t remember the last time I had a good night sleep without dosing myself with painkillers and alcohol just to get a decent rest. Right now it is 3:23am and I have had about half an hour of sleep tonight as I keep having to get up to pass gas/poop.
I don’t eat after 6pm, cook everything fully, don’t eat green or leaf vegies, don’t have spice, garlic, onions, capsicum, milk, fruit, caffeine, greasy foods, eat low gluten, low sugar. I take 3-4 charcoal tabs a day to help, but still I can’t control it.
At this point in time I’m working and most of my pay goes to managing my condition and paying of the substantial debt that I have from the times I haven’t been able to hold a job. As it is I won’t be able to hold this job long due to lack of sleep and the need to go to the toilet regularly (it’s a 55min travel to work on the train...for those who understand)
Any one that has a idea please let me know, I’ve tried various doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths, Chinese medicine etc. still I’m coming up zero