It isn't that smokers "don't get" UC, but that statistically fewer smokers get UC than non-smokers. Also, it often appears after people stop smoking. We have had a number of people here go back to smoking, with about
50-50 results. Some have improved UC symptoms, others don't. I've seen no information suggesting that UCer's who have never smoked gain any benefit from smoking. And I think most who have tried the patches have not benefitted. There are some experts who suggest it's the carbon monoxide from cigarettes that has the effect rather than the nicotine.
At any rate, what's worse than uncontrollable D. ten times a day? Uncontrollable D and having to drag an oxygen tank with you every time you go into the bathroom.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
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