Posted 2/9/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -6)
I think it compares to being diabetic (type 2). It's an issue you'll always have, but it can be controlled and a state of health maintained with healthier lifestyle changes, supplements and some maintenance meds. Even in my years of "remission," I remained on a low maintenance dose of azulfadine as a sort of safety net. However, I feel probiotics, dietary changes and omega-3s did more to keep me healthy.

As far as ever returning to "normal" as most folks would define it: eating whatever junk I want, drinking, never or rarely exercising, burning the candle at both ends: no. I'll never live like that again. My new lifestyle is much healthier and rewarding.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

Posted 2/9/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -6)

That's a great attitude. I wasn't referring to you specifically. I'm sorry if I gave that impression. For me I consider myself neither chronically ill nor do I consider UC to be a chronic condition for me. Nor will I ever!

I also agree with princesa. Since I got this condition I've now become a healthier person. Better diet and less stress and an improved awareness of my body. I listen to my body more.

400-800 mg Asacol a day
Iron supplment,Probioitcs
Balanced Diet (...ish!!), Reduced Stress
"There are only about a half dozen things that make 80% of the difference in any area of our lives."

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