The course and recommendations the specialist made are the commonly accepted knowledge about
UC. We all try a lot of things our GI's tell us won't work. If they help us, that's great. If not, we can stop worrying about
them. They're used to this, and generally tolerant of it as long as they don't feel what we're doing might hurt us.
I also don't find that diet affects my condition as far as pain, bleeding, mucus, etc. Some foods eaten in excess of a small amount will give me much softer stools, but that's always been the case. If I decide to eat a high-fat or fiber dish, I know there'll be a price to pay and I decide accordingly.
As far as which doctor to pick, you have to decide for yourself who you trust. I'd go with the specialist myself, but you may feel different. What you should NOT do is keep going to both and comparing. Medicine is a science, but there's also a bit of an art to it, and different docs will have different approaches and treatment preferences. Stick to one for the best results.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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