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3 Tips To Avoid Colitis Symptoms During A Remission

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

For the majority of colitis sufferers, once you have had an attack you should be able to attain the level of health that you had before it happened. Whilst remission brings with it relief from pronounced colitis symptoms, you must always be aware that the inflammation in your large bowel has not disappeared.

It is still there. Think about it as a volcano. It has erupted for the first time, pouring out lava and causing discomfort to those around (that’s you). The eruption has now subsided yet the volcano is still active. In remission, the blood, mucus and the abdominal pain and discomfort will have stopped. The open sore on the bowel lining caused by the inflammation will have closed and hence the weeping of mucus and blood stopped, but that does not mean you are now free to forget about it. It’s still there; in fact it will always be there yet for now it can be described as “sleeping” rather than in volcano terms, “dormant”.

You may ask “how can I prevent it from waking up whilst living my usual life again?” Unfortunately it is not as simple as advising you to do one thing and don’t do another. If there were definitive answers, all colitis sufferers would be following them and living perhaps a colitis free life. Until that occurs, you need to be aware of your overall health more now than before and consider whether by doing something it may have a detrimental effect on a possible relapse occurring.

The first tip to avoid colitis symptoms during a period of remission is to be careful in what your diet consists of. The vast majority of foods will have no detrimental effect, yet there is a chance that a few could bring on some symptoms such as diarrhoea. These symptoms should not last long, perhaps not even one day but you should not be unnecessarily provoking the inflammation present in your large colon.

The second tip is not to over stretch yourself both physically and mentally, especially during the period immediately after the attack period has subsided. It takes a significant period of time for the body to recover from a colitis attack and during this stage no excessive strain should be placed upon it that could trigger symptoms, which, if left unchecked, could develop into a full blown attack.

The third tip is to take life a little slower paced and develop methods where you can take a step back and re-energise yourself and reduce any levels of stress that might have been building. By effective colitis management techniques, you can ensure that it is you who are in control during a period of remission and to ensure that you do nothing to encourage the reappearance of the volcano and its problematic colitis symptoms.

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