I'd like to make the outlandish and totally unsubstantiated claim that:
An infection can knock you OUT of a flare and into my remission.
This is based on a statisical survey of 1 - i.e. me. Let me explain
For about 4 months I considered myself in remission. During this time I'd say my colon was working at about 80% efficiency. A couple of blood tests gave me a CRP level of 7 - this is a measure of body wide inflammation, 3-10 is considered normal.
In December I got a really bad chest and stomach infection either bacteria or maybe virus related. I was very sick for a few days before making a full recovery.
As part of my recovery my colon has gone from operating about 80% to pretty much 100%. I've seen no mucus since the infection. I have 1 BM daily which at best is normal and at worst is maybe a bit mushy. No gas, no rumblings. "My God, Spock, my colon is normal" as Jim Kirk would put it.
I can't really explain this sudden jump in colon perfomance. The thought has crossed my mind about whether a viral infection can in fact knock you OUT of a flare or in my case improve your remission status. My reasoning is as follows:
1) Assume my colon is under light attack from my immune system.
2) A viral infection starts in my chest and stomach.
3) My body switches on the immune system
4) The immune system cleans up the infection.
5) The body tells the immue system its now time to cool down (via the release of anti - inflammatories). But in doing so the colon also hears this message, (since when the body "speaks" to the immue system it does so throughout the length of the body according to online literature) and also calls a halt to the Battle in the Bowels.
I find it a bit coincidental that the improvement in my colon conincides with my recovery from a stomach bug.
So my assertion is that it may be possible for an infection to knock you OUT of a flare. Please feel free to refute this dasterdly suggestion at your will!!!
Now I was on antibioitcs for 12 days so my doctor also precribed me a course of Nystatin. Nystatin is the only extra drug I've taken before / after the improvement in my bowel. I took it orally for a week.
I'm looking for explanations as I'd hate to have to dedeuce that an improved appetite, heathly food and reduced stress might actually be the reason for the improvment in my symptoms. Be terrible if that was true.
Oh and while I was making this recovery I was taken off Asacol by my doctor becasue of the powerful antibiotics I was taking - Klacid.
Confused in Cork (thats a place in Ireland, not a bottle!)