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Considering Surgery For Ulcerative Colitis

The decision to have surgery if you are an ulcerative colitis patient is a very big decision indeed. Often, people who have UC are forced to have surgery due to complications that if left as is, just might be a major threat to one’s overall health and even life and death. There are other cases where people who have UC go through a horrific time with toxic megacolon. This is when the colon actually ruptures inside, and there begins to be harmful bacteria leaking into the abdominal cavity which is quite dangerous as well.

Although surgery is a major decision, it should not be looked at as a bad thing to consider.  There are so many people who have suffered from ulcerative colitis for so many years and they are looking for some sort of long term relief.  This is simply the case for many people who are not willing to take the daily battles anymore.  Some might say that these people who are looking for a long term solution are the people who are actually thinking about managing their disease logically.  That is a question that everyone must answer individually.

One of the best parts of having surgery to remove your colon if you have ulcerative colitis is that the disease is no longer there.  Along with the colon removal, the issues that have been causing inflammation and a massive response from the immune system are gone.  This is when an ulcerative colitis patient is no longer an ulcerative colitis patient.  If you are going through this thought process on whether or not to have surgery, you are most definitely not alone.  Although I am feeling pretty good right now and have seemed to have found control over my colitis with the help of the specific carbohydrate diet I know that there might just be a time when I need to consider surgery again.

Treatments if your Ulcerative Colitis Colonoscopy is not Normal

The most common treatments for people who have a colonoscopy that shows signs of ulcerative colitis are:

  1. Doctors prescribe Prednisone which is a anti inflammation steroid
  2. Doctors might also prescribe Asacol(which is a 5ASA drug)
  3. Doctors might prescribe an enema(which has medications in it)
  4. Doctors might prescribe Sulfasalazine or Colazal (both tablet type medications)
  5. Doctors might recommend that you change your diet(only if they believe in alternative medicine)

The most common protocol seems to be prescribing medications to patients who show signs of ulcerative colitis.

If you have been recently diagnosed with colitis, don’t panic. There are hundreds of thousands of people on the planet who have the same situation as you.  The colonoscopy is a great medical invention, and something that wasn’t around 100 years ago.  So be very thankful that you are able to go inside your colon and see what it looks like.   This is something that can be treated in a number of different ways.  Medicine, diet changes, and even in severe cases- surgery.  There are positives and negatives to all of them, but that is how life is.

Can I Eat Potato with Ulcerative Colitis

Yes and No.  That is the answer you are going to get depending on who you talk to.  There are several different ideas about foods and what to avoid when dealing with UC.  Some people say that potato is completly 100% OK to eat whenever you want to if you have UC.  Others say it is a starch and not good to eat to treat UC.

Some of the answer depends on how you plan to treat your UC.  If you are treating your UC successfully with medications, than it might be alright to eat potato when you like.  I would still eat it in moderation compared to other things.

But, if you are like me and follow a specific carbohydrate diet, the SCD diet, I avoid potato nearly 97% of the time.  Of course I slip in a few french frie every once in a while, but I am not sitting down and eating a whole baked potato ever anymore.  For me, the potato which is something I used to eat all the time prior to being diagnosed with UC is something I just try to avoid.

Getting Health Insurance With Ulcerative Colitis

These are the steps you want to take when finding health insurance if you have ulcerative colitis:

  1. Gather up all of your medical records
  2. Investigate where you would like to receive care and if you did need to use a hospital over the next few years, where that would be
  3. Investigate local doctors that you would like to use
  4. Contact several of the local insurance carriers (Aetna, United Health Care, Anthem, Kaiser)
  5. Receive quotes on several different plans
  6. Ask over the phone if things like colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, generic drugs, name brand drugs, office visits are covered or not
  7. Make notes as to what services are covered and what are not
  8. Compare the prices you receive
  9. Call back again to verify that two representatives give you the same answers

If you have a pre-existing condition, then you might find it much harder to obtain insurance.  In that situation, the hope is that you are working for a company which already offers health insurance.  That will make the insurance costs much better and easier to navigate for sure.

Is Chinese Food Good For Ulcerative Colitis?

Whether or not you like Chinese Food, that is not really the question.  The answer to this question is based on someone who is following the Breaking the Vicious Cycle Diet.  If you are following this diet, you are not supposed to be eating any grains, processed sugars or dairy products for the most part.

When you are eating Chinese food, much of the times there are grains from rice, and also TONS of processed sugars in many of the sauces.

For this reason, eating Chinese food is going to probably be difficult for a UC patient who is following the SCD diet.

If you are not following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, you should take some caution in eating Chinese food.  There are all kinds of spices mixed in much of the time that may or may not agree with your diet.