Nicotine Replacement Therapy for UC

After much thought, I decided to try Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to supplement my current diet, medication, and holistic treatment plan. Here is how I arrived at this decision: I was diagnosed at the end of January 2017. In April, my symptoms worsened and my disease worsened. This was confirmed when oral mesalamine worked immediately. … Continue reading Nicotine Replacement Therapy for UC


I Finally Met My New IBD Specialist

The first time I met my newly selected GI/IBD Specialist was back at the end of May when I was immediately admitted to the hospital. I had this July 3rd appointment scheduled since the end of April, but I needed an emergency appointment in May that the office was able to accommodate. I'd only met … Continue reading I Finally Met My New IBD Specialist

Tapering Prednisone & Watching That Scale

I'm down to 15mg from the 40mg start of this prednisone taper. Aside from the initial psychotic tendencies - emotional instability, anxiety, increased insomnia and lack of sleep, high-energy spikes, mood swings, and irritability - I've been watching that scale inch up despite my SCD limitations (I lost weight the first time I did it) … Continue reading Tapering Prednisone & Watching That Scale

The Bad News

I have Ulcerative Colitis/IBD.   While my official diagnosis came in January, I had been developing symptoms of what I will call my first flare since August of 2016. I had been a pack-a-day smoker for approximately 15 years, and after being smoke-free for 2-2.5 years, my UC decided to make its grand entrance. While … Continue reading The Bad News