After a few weeks of bloody and slimy stools when going to the bathroom, I finally took a colonoscopy. The colonoscopy wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but the outcome was. Turns out, I have Ulcerative Colitis. This is a chronic disease that irritates parts of the colon and causes inflammation. The causes of the disease is unknown, but it’s very likely genetics. It does not have a cure and is something that I will have to live with.
Getting the diagnose has not quite hit me yet, but I’m quite positive for the moment. Even though the symptoms I have are quite annoying, it’s not frighteningly painful like many other UC patients have it.
There are many things I can do to prevent another flareup and to calm down the already existing inflammation. The tips however, seems to vary from each health organization. Some say no gluten, no lactose, no alcohol and others say no fiber and spicy food. I for one know that alcohol, fiber and spicy food already has an negative effect on my colon. So I gotta start making a food journal to see what works and what doesn’t.
One of the tips to get better is to eat less fiber. Fiber is only found in plants. This means I will have quite a challenge ahead of me since I’m vegan and only eat plants. If there are any fellow Ulcerative Colitis vegans out there, share me your experiences please. I’d be happy to learn more on how you deal with this disease. I literally just found out that I have it and have much to learn.