The hospitalization is done for several reasons, to reduce inflammation, to maintain hydration, and to get bed rest, and to reduce the stress on the colon. I was only hospitalized once and my GI tries to avoid hospitalizations as he thinks patients do better at home. However, there comes a time when the illness overwhelms the GI and the safest place for the patient is in the hospital. I cannot tell you what that line is but that I crossed it.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free