I've been in remission from UC now for 6 months. I'm coping with just 4 Asacol a day. My only remission symptom is a BM that can be loose. I've had extensive bloodwork done over that period and my family doctor has gradually come to believe that IBS is my dominant disease and not UC. So much so that he sent me for very sensitive blood tests recently. The results have come back negative for any trace of UC. My CRP is even below normal. Sedimenation Test was fine and my platelets (indicating clotting) are also very low. He admit its not a C-Scpoe but his comments were "there is no trace of a chronic condition even if you have one. Right now all I can say is that you suffer from a mild functional bowel issue".
He went on to explain that some of his UC patients lapse into mild IBS as their remission state. Moreover IBS can be their dominant problem. He says that there is evidence that some forms of IBS involve the action of the immune system and with these patients it can be that their IBS flares into UC at times. He's not suggesting that all IBS is immune system driven only that there is evidence to suggest an immune role for some IBSers.
This also explains why diet and stress improve my bowel action. It could be that both are improving the funcational activity of the bowel. So for the many many people on this site who have seen improvements in their IBD with stress and diet this could actually be improvements in their IBS which is co-existing with their IBD.
So don't ever give up on the diet and stress angle!
800 mg Asacol a day
500 mg Asacol suppository now and then!
Fibre supplement, Iron supplment,Probioitcs
Balanced Diet, Reduced Stress
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