Welcome to HealingWell. I don't know about
those alternative therapies, but when I was on Asacol I felt the same way: run down, tired all the time, not enough energy to anything besides the basics to keep my life going. The Asacol did keep my UC under control though. I quit taking it because I thought I might have allergy to mesalamine, and within two weeks of my last dose, I was in my first full blown flare. Been trying to calm things down since then. You will see many people recommending probiotics, and I couldn't agree more. Sometimes I felt that my probiotic helped more than the Asacol, at least I could tell immediately if I missed a probiotic dose. When looking at probiotics, if you try one that doesn't work for you, don't give up on them. Many people have to try a variety of them before finding one that helps. And I can't say enough about
keeping a food journal. It is one thing to keep mental notes about
your diet, but being able to see it in writing makes it more real to me. Good luck in getting in to remission.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort retention fluid, Prednisone 15mg and tapering down