Carol, I know exactly what you mean about being on meds. I've always led a healthy lifestyle and it seemed like a big slap in the face to get a disease like this when I eat better than a majority of people. If you're interested in persuing remission through natural means, can I suggest the spinach-sunflower thing that's been discussed on this site? I've been doing it for just over a month and I've had tremendous results. Since my diagnosis there has not been one single medicine that helped me (my next step was going to be Remicade and I was determined to avoid it). I'm still on meds but just recently started to taper with no problems. I just thought I'd mention it, since you seem to feel the same way I do about being on medicine. My goal is to be off meds by January '09.
Katie, 30. Chicago 'burbs.
DX: Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament: Asacol 1200 MG 2X daily, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise: Spinach/sunflower and low-residue. Yoga, walking, cardio.
Previous Treatment: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema.
Status: Heading to remission???