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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 1/29/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm an accountant. I have gone through hard times. I lost my job the end of October 2007. I was kind of flaring, had D everyday about 5 times per day at work. Then I lost my job and insurance. I was just getting by and losing my job and the $450 per month to continue my insurance plan didn't seem affordable to me. SO I stopped taking Imuran and Asacol. I slowly improved and improved and improved. I may be crazy, but I may probably never take that stuff again. I still take 5mg prednisone per day, but I am almost out. I know my body and know that if I splurge on sweets or alcohol I get D again, but then I eat smart and my body seems to regulate itself. I trust my faith and my body and my knowledge and I know that noone may agree with me.. yes my sig needs to be updated.
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  I must say Under Control
RX/day:  5mg prednisone; 2400mg Asacol; 150 Azathioprine
OTC: Probioplus DDS; seldom use vitamins & other natural treatments
FYI: 3 weeks of SCD diet and caprylic acid put and end to my 3rd and worst flare ever. (But i'm not in SCD anymore)

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 1/29/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
You know the old saying "you are what you eat" and I know that even the healthiest eaters (those who grew up not even allowed to eat sugar/junk food/pop, ect) still have ended up with IBD but that's likely because of the genetic component and likely an array of possible environmental triggers, but all in all, eating as healthy as possible only has it's upside...I'm glad you find that eating healthy and avoiding junk makes a noticable difference on your disease of health to you.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 1/30/2008 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Perhaps the lack of stress more than equalizes the lack of medications. I always do better when I'm off work for a week, then have a little more problem during the work wek.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30986
   Posted 1/30/2008 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
It's great you're feeling better. Do keep in mind that when your symptoms change in any way, it's possible you're heading toward a flare and may need medication.

Please remember that rectal meds could be something for you to consider...especially if you've never used them in past.

Be well,
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every second night
~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 !!!

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 458
   Posted 1/30/2008 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear you are doing well, I don't take meds for my UC and the few flares I've had cleared up on their own.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 436
   Posted 1/30/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
THanks everyone for the positive feedback. I was afraid everyone was going to yell at me. I was able to stop meds and go back to 1 formed stool per day. I always figured asacol and imuron didn't do much if anything for me. Yes, Quincy I am well aware of my symptoms and how and why they start. Love4Cats your diet looks similar to mine. Not much junk food at all, little carbs, little to no sweets. I only drink water. I take enzymes and multivitamins religiously. I am currently rehabing some minor symptoms b/c I tried a super cleanse b/c I figure my body needed a little help to rid toxins and waste, but it gave me the runs and made my colon very painful, but I am returning back to normal with my diet. I believe my diet has always played a major role and was a contributing factor for why I got it. I know my body and have taken very detailed notes about what goes in and out of my body since i got UC 3 years ago. ANd even though the Dr. kept insisting I would have this horrible disease and take ugly meds forever I have always thought otherwise. ONly time will tell...
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