Just curious, is UC different than Crohn's in that your GI doesn't feel you need to stay on maintenance meds?
Are you kidding, my GI was furious. I already demonstrated that I am allergic to mesalamines, even throwing up after inserting Canasa suppositories. Four weeks after the start of my remission, (I thought I was fine), he prescribed Asacol and 40 mg of prednisone. There is diabetes in my family and my fasting blood sugar levels spike unless I am careful how I eat. I was afraid pred would send me over the edge into diabetes land and refused to take it. My GI became angry and said I was risking cancer unless I took pred to snuff out any lingering inflammation. I told him if he was so concerned about
cancer then why didn’t he check my blood levels of vitamin D. Needless to say he fired me as his patient. (Google ’vitamin d cancer’ to understand what I am talking about
. While you are at it google ’vitamin d Crohn’s’).
There is extensive research proving that certain supplements are just as effective as 5-ASA drugs for maintenance of remission, without side effects. Powdered psyllium seed (Plantago) is the wonder drug that works best for me. But there are others and I try to take all of them, anything to avoid the toxic side effects of meds.www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11488449www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10022641www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/turmeric-000277.htmwww.drhoffman.com/page.cfm/169
You may need more probiotics than can be provided by eating yogurt daily. The most popular for IBD is VSL#3. Most probiotics contain 1 to 10 or even 50 billion cfus. VSfL3 has 450 billion. The prescript
ion DS (double strength) contains almost a trillion. But it is pricey. Unless your medical insurance can cover most of the cost of the prescript
ion version then you may want to try something less pricey. The effectiveness of different brands of probiotics varies by individual. The probiotic yeast S. Boulardii is relatively inexpensive and can be effective:
“Thirty-two patients with Crohn's disease in clinical remission were randomly assigned to receive one of the following for 6 months: 1) mesalamine (1 g 3 times per day) or 2) mesalamine (1 g 2 times per day) plus Saccharomyces boulardii (1 g in the morning). Clinical relapse, defined as a Crohn's disease activity index greater than 150 with an increase of 100 points over the baseline value for more than 2 weeks, occurred in 6 of 16 patients (37.5%) receiving mesalamine alone and in 1 of 16 patients (6.25%) receiving combination therapy (p=0.04).”
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