My first GI claimed to have irritable bowel syndrome. I thought since she was young, female and of Indian descent, she might be more open-minded than some of the mainstream, older docs. I was wrong. I didn't find her being a fellow gastric sufferer to make her any more understanding or supportive than other GIs I've seen. In fact, when I was originally diagnosed with UC and asked what lifestyle or dietary adjustments I could make to improve my situation, she said, "You have a chronic disease. You will never be well. You will stay on medication the rest of your life until you get sick enough to have your colon removed." Then she seemed surprised that I burst into tears. Go figure.
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.