I was first diagnosed with IBS or Ulcerative Colitis in 1986. Prior to that time, I would have flare ups and thought it was always the flu. Extreme cramps, diarrhea, etc. Finally came to a head one weekend, when I ended up dehydrated and couldn't get out of bed. My doctor had been treaing me for ulcers but the ER doc realized what it was right away. Then did all the tests, etc. which came back fine.
However, I was put on Sulfafazine which worked great. I took the sulfa or aspirin on a daily basis until 2005. In March of 2005, I had to have a quintiple by-pass surgery due to lots of blockages. I have a genetic disposition to plaque build up, not overwieght, never smoked, in great health except for the blockages. I weighed 180 pounds, 6 feet tall at the time.
Anyway, the pain meds after the by-pass surgery make you extremely constipated so I stopped with the Sulfafazine. After about a month, I realized that I didn't need the sulfa or aspirin anymore. I have been in IBS remission since that time, never had another flare-up. I eat whatever I want, don't watch my diet, still at 180 pounds, etc.
This is kind of an extreme way to cure IBS or Ulcerative Colitis but was curious if anyone else has experienced this. My doctors can't explain it.