jm, how old were you when you got uc? were you alrady a smoker? what does your dr say doesn't he think it's an important finding if it really worked? i would thhink there needs to be more investigation. after all many people don't smoke get lung cancer and many people with uc can get colon cancer or drug induced cancers. i find it interesting. certainly if it worked with just a couple of cigarettes a day
I am 61 and was Dx in December 2007. I had been having symptoms since September, but waited for my normal physical before telling my regular Doctor about
them. After testing I was told 20% of my colon was affected. I took 3 colazal 3 times a day for 10 days and the bleeding stopped but the other symptoms were still present. He cut me back to 2 colazal 2 times a day. After a few days the bleeding came back and I began to take 2 colazal 3 times a day. On Jan 1 I made a resolution that if I was still bleeding on the 2nd of Jan. I would take my health in my own hands. Jan 2 after agonizing over starting back to smoke I purchased a pack. I had stopped smoking on Jan 10, 2005. Almost 3 years. I am now normal again and will continue to smoke until my toes turn up. What piqued my curiosity that the info I read that said this stikes ex-smokers and non-smokers. I then realized that if it normally doesn't strike smokers then I reasoned I probably would have never gotten this if I hadn't quit 3 years ago. It is now 18 days and not a sign of a symptom. I failed to mention, in order to determine whether or not this would clear up by smoking, I took my last dose of colazal on the 1st of January and started smoking on the 2nd. I still had all the symptoms on the 2nd so the last dose of colazal on the 1st did not clear me up. No doubt the smoking stopped it in my case.