I agree with you Damo...
There are many who don't deal with their symptoms or don't even have symptoms.
Just because the info "out there" say a low percentage of ulcerative proctitis doesn't become pancolitis or even spread above the original site of diagnosis...it doesn't mean it won't happen to you.
Throw stats out the window if you're relying on them in hopes.
I had a doctor say to me he didn't think I would have PSC (primary sclerosing cholangitis) because I'm female...well, I have it. I told him stats won't change what's going on in my body.
I'm a firm believer in using my meds...and do believe that the 5ASA meds are amazing if you can take them. The only downside is that I have to take them...lol!
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!