Techniques for living with UC may take many forms.

Living with ulcerative colitis may make people fearful of being in public places. Some advance planning may help alleviate this fear. For some helpful tips, go to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Web Site, or see below:

  • Locate nearby restrooms in restaurants, shopping areas, and theaters ahead of time
  • Keep a Restroom Request Card with you to use restricted restrooms when unexpected symptoms arise, just sign up for yours
  • Carry along extra underclothing and toilet paper for long trips
  • Pack enough medication when traveling out of town

While sidestepping symptoms may help you cope with their severity, they won’t help prevent their onset. That is why it is important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

Spicy or high-fiber foods may aggravate UC symptoms.

When your disease is active, you may find that bland, soft foods may cause less discomfort than raw vegetables, spicy, or high-fiber foods.

Although paying special attention to diet may help reduce cramping and replace lost nutrients—there’s no evidence that particular foods cause UC.

Stress may be a reaction to ulcerative colitis, but not a cause.

Some people may experience stress before a flare-up. This does not suggest that anxiety, or tension, is responsible for UC.

No single personality type is more prone to develop the disease, and no one brings on the disease by poor emotional control.

Some days may be better than others.

UC can be unpredictable. Some people experience relatively mild symptoms with long periods of remission. Others suffer more frequent recurrence of ongoing
UC symptoms.

Did you know?

UC can be unpredictable.

While some people
experience relatively mild
symptoms, others suffer
more frequent recurrence of ongoing symptoms.