It is important to find out what the cause(s) are in order to treat the disease. Fecal transplantation can help those who have Colitis due to an an imbalance of fecal bacteria.
Like you, I've done fecal transplantation. And like you, it worked for me. I was in my second flare, having trouble tapering off Prednisone. I was disparate; so I tried fecal transplantation. It put me immediately in remission after the third day/try. My poo was fantastic. My GI said my recovery was remarkable.
However, fecal transplantation is not the only thing that works. Nor does it work for everyone. It is primarily used to treat Pseudomembranous Colitis, which is a type of colitis that results usually from having been on antibiotics. So far, the success rate has been high for those cases.
The reason it worked for me is that my fecal bacteria was imbalanced due to having taken antibiotics daily for many years. I have Colitis for two reasons:
1) an imbalance of fecal bacteria due to taking antibiotics daily for many years. The antibiotics destroyed the good bacteria in my colon.
2) my colon having been weakened from years of eating nothing but chocolate and drinking nothing but beverages containing HFCS. The chocolate weakened my colon, because I wasn't getting enough fiber in my diet. The HFCS taxed my liver. I am now fructose intolerant.
The imbalance of fecal bacteria alone did not give me Colitis. My colon was fine for years after I had been on antibiotics. It was not until I weakened my colon from my poor diet habits that I got my first flareup.
My poor diet alone did not give me Colitis. There are other problems that usually show up first from not getting enough fiber in the diet and from consuming too much HFCS.
What happened since doing the fecal transplantation:
I had to be on antibiotics again for a urinary tract infection. I also started drinking beverages with HFCS again. I got another flare up.
When I got this latest flare, I saw that Probiotics were being sold in stores. So instead of doing fecal transplantation, I took Probiotics (both orally and anally). I also followed a strict diet in which I ate anti-inflammatory foods and avoided pro-inflammatory foods and any foods containing HFCS or that are high in fructose. I gradually went into remission.
Breakdown of results:
Flare 1: Changing to a high fiber diet, avoiding beverages containing HFCS, avoiding chocolate.
Flare 2: Prednisone, fecal transplantation, again eating more high fiber, avoiding beverages containing HFCS, avoiding chocolate.
Flare 3: Probiotics, diet (no high fructose, no HFCS, no pro-inflammatory foods, anti-inflammatory foods)
It is important to find out what the cause(s) are in order to treat the disease. I also read some of the posts, and feel oh if they only tried this or that. However, we are all different. Not all of us respond to the same things. There is even one case I just read of someone going into remission after taking Rocephin, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections.
Hopefully, I will never have to take drugs like Prednisone
Hopefully, we will all be able to find something that works for us.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Lexapro (for stress)
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Post Edited (subdued) : 1/23/2009 4:35:50 PM (GMT-7)