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Our Stories

Life With a Rare GI Condi...

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Joined May 2021

My journey with IBD began in January of 2018. I started suffering from extreme GERD, stomach pain, loss of appetite. Thi... read more

My Life With UC

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Joined April 2021

As a child, I was always sick - stomach flu, sore throats, ear infections, constant diarrhea. No one seemed to know why,... read more

My life with my disease

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Joined March 2021

Hi. My name is Leora. I started feeling an awful pain in my stomach a little over a year ago.  The pain quickly sp... read more

Community Forum

Just diagnosed when will ...
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Joined Jul 24, 2021

I was diagnosed with UC over 5 years ago and still remember the phone call from the doctor’s office. While UC is a chronic illness, it can be ma....

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Humira or Stelara for new...
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Joined Jul 24, 2021

I am a UC patient and have been on Humira for over a year and half now. It has worked well for me. I appreciate the fact that I can self-inject at hom....

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Camping with a flare up?
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Joined Jul 31, 2021

Hey, I am off on an amazing trip across Scotland wild camping and canoeing, however with the trip a week away, I am experiencing a little bit of a fla....

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Expert Q&A

Disease Education

Q. Is poor circulation a side effect of ulcerative colitis? My legs and fingers numb or in pain most of the time and now my left leg has lost some mobility. I don't see much online about it. Thank you so much for any information you can provide!

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Treatment

Q. I am getting ready to have another colonoscopy. I know that the split prep is typical. However, I am not willing to wake up in the middle of the night. I have two young children and the idea of being up more than I need to in the middle of the night is enough to make me cancel my colonoscopy (since I have no way to catch up on rest). I know that there are alternate schedules since I have done them in the past. What are some prep schedules that would not require me to be up at night?

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Treatment

Q. To get a UC flare under control, my doctor prescribed me prednisone, in a stronger and longer dosage than I've taken before. I was on 40 mg for 3 weeks, and through the tapering process am now at 30 mg. Two weeks ago at the 35 dose level, I started feeling funky -- very foggy and lightheaded, like I could not focus on anything. I still am experiencing this, with a bit of head pressure. Is this normal and due to the steroids? Is there anything I can do to mitigate these side effects?

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