Well, I know I have inherited the perdisposition to autoimmune disease. It runs in my family..both sides. I'm not passing it on, for it ends with me.
Can you explain why I have UC-related liver disease PSC as well...it's not my colon...and there are some who believe that IT comes first before the UC.
I'll take my GI over the ones I could have been sent to...thankfully he actually prescribes the 5ASA meds initially that have served me well for 19+ years. My last c-scope was unremarkable...a good thing.
All medicines are a blessing and a curse...definitely....but I do have a say in what I'll take. I take them properly....can't necessarily be said for many people. They are part of the problem for the superbugs out there.
Regarding a cold....that's one thing...a secondary infection of strep can cause serious problems and should be dealt with. Don't forget that many people have no problems fighting off their colds and severe infections at work, on planes, coughing and sneezing and never washing their hands. We have exposure to viruses from all over the world that people bring back from wherever they've travelled within a day or two. Fresh and fertile.
Let's not forget bathroom habits that many people neglect....especially in public places. Think of that the next time you pick up a book or magazine or whatever. Less than half of public washroom users wash their hands afterward....we don't know if they've just finished a bout of c.diff or e.coli or whatever else can be floating around. It's also on the walls, in the air, in the filter of those nice fast air hand dryers..etc. I won't even get into what's in the food supply based on the above.
Basically, people can be pigs. We can only do so much ....we're vulnerable. WE can't change what others do, but we can make sure we do the best for ourselves.
We aren't so isolated as we were not so long ago.....the body contends with a lot more than it once did. There are limits to everything. Hopefully, evolution will help eventually.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!