I know what you mean about
relying on medication, it's a big adjustment.
I have lots of friends who struggle to change their diet to control their cholesterol or blood pressure when new meds can help so much, but they don't want to rely on medicine. Another friend who needed to give herself shots and take big pills said she thought she couldn't take pills...but now she knows she was wrong.
Better living through chemistry!!
I have had good luck with a naturopathic doctor, and improved enough to finally get off prednisone. But he emphasized that I should not stop taking the Asacol. He gave me strong probiotics, and some other herbal pills to "strengthen my colon" (licorice root?) but I haven't been good about
remembering to take them.
I wish you wouldn't worry so much!! Keep in touch.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills.
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.