Posted 2/11/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -6)
Yes, it's very possible to attain remission with careful diet, probiotics, lifestyle changes, etc. But it takes time for the gut to heal. Obviously, if you're not seeing blood or mucous and your symptoms are much improved, you're headed in the right direction. Yet, inflammation that hasn't had time to heal would still be visible in a colonscopy.
Most GIs are going to tell you diet has nothing to do with UC. We've beat this dead horse on here many times. No, diet doesn't necessarily CAUSE UC - although I feel it can play a role in triggering it - but for many of us, dietary changes definitely can improve our condition. It only makes sense that an inflammed gut is going to be sensitive to certain foods and find others more tolerable. It's also common for folks with IBD to have problems with certain foods - notably gluten and dairy. There's a lot of undiagnosed lactose and gluten intolerance out there.
Neither have I found a GI who could intelligently discuss probiotics or other natural supplementation. Most will discuss drugs and surgery and that's it. It's about symptom suppression. That's what they're trained to do.