I am happy you are med-free, ucwarrior, but alot of this is just luck. Many of us have tried the med-free route and get much, much worse. In my case, I was/am allergic to basically all UC meds other than prednisone and, recently, Remicade. I have also dampened UC to the max with dietary adjustments, stress control, exercise, and supplements (most notably probiotics)... but when push comes to shove, I am convinced that those who are able to mysteriously become symptom-free without meds are mostly just lucky their conditions are that mild. I had a spontaneous remission that was med-free and it lasted almost 10 years. It took pred to get into it though otherwise I would have lost the colon way back then. You win some, you lose some with this stupid disease.
I will add though, that I am a believer in helminth (worms and/or worm eggs) therapy as a possible means for some to go med-free... but its efficacy is still not that high and in my case it turns out to dampen the UC without getting me off meds altogether. I think perhaps one day these therapies may get refined enough to really offer med-free life. Certainly worms have co-evolved with us for millions of years as opposed to say 10 years for stuff like the biologics.
Pancolitis ~20 years, once had a full med-free 10 year remission,
but flaring/simmering on and off for years, allergic to all 5ASAs
15ish mg pred,
100 mg Imuran TCM
Probiotics (PD, Cust.Probiot., Culturelle, VSL3, etc), DMSO,
boswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade newbie
Post Edited (Probiotic) : 1/9/2009 9:12:10 PM (GMT-7)