Just writing to give an update on my experiment with smoking.
I was diagnosed with UC a few months after quitting smoking. There had been several discussions on the issue and a few ex-smokers/nicotine users on this site and elsewhere had mentioned improvements in their symptoms after getting back to smoking.
After considerable thought I decided to give snus a try (chewing tobacco). After a month of using it I noticed no effect on my symptoms, and then went to the next step and started smoking again. I had previously smoked about 10 cigs a day. I did not see any improvement at all and eventually ended up smoking more than I had ever done before.
I smoked for about 4 months and had an extremely difficult time trying to quit again. However, I have finally managed to kick the habit and have been smoke-free for about 2 weeks now. My symptoms have not changed after stopping smoking.
Well, there's no way I'm going back to smoking again and I just wanted to write about my experience as I know there are other ex-smokers out there who have been wondering whether or not to try smoking again.
Rio, 32 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprine 175mg, Prednisone taper from 60mg - Now on 10mg; 2/08: added 2 Pentasa x 1mg on alternate days.