Just a note to tell you all that my son's doctor NEVER once told him to take extra vitamins, probionics or none of the fancy diets you all talk about. We also notice on the board that you who do take all those extra vitamins and stuff, STILL get flares. And my son did try cutting back on dairy, red meat, spagetti sauce, coffee, and he still got a flare twice a year, like clockwork,,the same time of year, Sept. and March. His doctor said forget special diets. Just eat a well balanced and nutritional food, like every one else. People with normal colons don't go over board with vitamins etc, and people with colitis aren't helped with them either. It is an autoimmune problem, multivitamins don't help much when it comes to the colon. All the normal colon is for is to absorb excess fluid from the waste products to give you firm stools. But, when the lining of your large intestine is all flared and irritated, it can't do the job right, you don't absorb all the water from the waste,thus,,the loose mucusy stuff, and urgency to go.
His doctor told him the lining of his colon, (when in a flare) would look like a bad brush burn on your arm.
That causes the bleeding too.
My son would keep a diary of everything he ate. There were times when he ate ice cream and pizza etc,, and he had no problems,,,felt fine, and in remission. Other times he ate that stuff,, HAD HIS FLARE! Same with all the other food. He actually drinks 2 big mugs of coffee in the morning too. No problem most of the time.
So, I can't help but wonder if people are wasting a whole lot of money on all those extra vitamins, and probiotics
I'm 65 and it seems when I was younger, I never heard of all this stuff, OR colitis!! Just ate normal food, not to mention was (and still am) a total junk food eater.
Never had a problem with the bowels in my life. So, go figure. My husband has a mild to moderate form of colitis now going on 40 years. I always noticed his got the worst when he was all stressed out from work, and since he retired 8 years ago, has not had one problem. His colon looks normal says his doctors. So there you have it. My son developed his colitis after he got promoted at his job and was made a supervisor. It stressed him out so bad.
He is a perfectionist and worried all the time. He left that job, and started his own small business. He is happier, but the colitis kinda hung around. He never goes into a total and constant remission, so his doctor is trying him on the Remicade to see it that will heal him.
He is only taking 6MP now too, and nothing else.
Oh well, didn't mean to rant. Just a little info to ingest. The mom.