UC Diary: Nuts Are Still Probably A Bad Idea…
Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on April 8, 2009
That’s right, yours truly ate Nuts again! These wasn’t peanuts though, they were nuts from a breakfast cereal I been eating for about two weeks! They are Hazelnuts! Now, I know peanuts are a type of pea, but Hazelnuts are a true nut… so I can’t blame that for my recent minor flare-up of UC. But I’ll be cutting them outa my diet anyway just in case they have caused this recent upset.
The recent flare started about two weeks ago, maybe even before, as the UC is only ever around the 90% dormant mark I usually do get some discomfort and a feeling of being ill, so I can’t tell. Anyway, I still don’t know what caused it, I know being stressed out does make the UC worse, I was stressed out badly a few weeks ago over one thing or another. Seven days after that stress I lose some blood for the first time since early January. That’s normal to me, happens now and again, but I started getting increased cramps and now I have that tired ill feeling I get with the UC! So yesterday after an episode of UC I ended up having a long warm shower, as that’s the only cure to the pain and feeling of wanting to go to the toilet. I think the heat and the sensation of the water helps a lot with relieving the symptoms.
There maybe another cause! I don’t know if I mentioned it before but when I exercised before I have had flare-ups! This year I started to lift weights and go on my treadmill again to lose some weight and improve my cardio. The first three weeks went fine, I didn’t have much pain and went okay, then I stopped… I went to Karate one night and I came back feeling ill, like I was going to vomit. It wasn’t the physical exercise I did there because I do a more vigorous workouts a home! So I gave it a break. The little pain I had went away in a few days, but after this I found it hard to get back in to the right frame of mind to exercise again. I did eventually do it again after a six-week break. I started off low and worked my way up to doing longer and lifting heavier weights, and then I get hit with the UC pain… again! This happened since I got the UC, on and off all the time, sometimes I can exercise for months without a problem, other times I can only manage a few days.
So, I don’t know what’s caused the recent minor flare, the exercise, the stress or maybe even Hazelnuts? Maybe it was a combination of the three? I don’t know, I just know I got to stop exercise and eating hazelnuts, as for not getting stressed?… I really can’t in my situation. It would be nice to hear from anyone with UC and if eating hazelnuts made them ill or if exercise causes a flare-up of UC.