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Shadam
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   Posted 1/25/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
These questions might sound dumb but...
 
With meds...can inflamation be totally gone in the colon or reduced to a lower stage?? And if so, do we know how and when it comes back????
 
Is the reason why we have more bowl movements a day because of the serverity of inflamation?
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08
Currently on Asacol 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Started taking chamomile tea and multi vitamins (waiting for results)


Red_34
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   Posted 1/25/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
The medication we take is designed to lower the inflammation in our colons. And yes, these meds can induce remission in many people. We can never know when we are going to flare because someone can be completely faithfull to their medication and still flare while others don't. As for the symptoms increasing with inflammation, yes that is possible. But many people still have severe symptoms with little to no inflammation in their colon - so basically their symptoms don't match their inflammation or lack of.
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Shadam
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   Posted 1/25/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
What a crazy illness...so your saying if my symptoms are limited (1-2 BM's a day), I can still have very bad inflamation or vice versa?
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08
Currently on Asacol 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Started taking chamomile tea and multi vitamins (waiting for results)


subdued
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   Posted 1/25/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I asked my GI the same question during my second flare. How will I know if the inflammation comes back? He said, "You'll know." And he was right. Every time I tried reducing my Prednisone dosage from 25 to 20 mgs, the bleeding would come back, and I knew the inflammation was back.

Taking Prednisone did give me time to try alternative treatments though. I did fecal transplantation, and the inflammation went away.

I've had three flares so far, and medicine did not put me in remission for any of these three flares. It was alternative methods such as Probiotics, fecal transplantation, and diet that put me in remission.

Please try alternative treatments if you aren't already. The medical community does not know why we get Colitis. They can only provide medicines that aim at reducing the inflammation and give us side effects or cut out our colons and give us j-pouches when those medicines stop working.

I guess people who have Colitis the hardest are those in which alternative treatments don't work. They can only hope that the medicine will work, that they won't get too many side effects, and that they won't have to get surgery.
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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) : 1/25/2009 12:43:03 PM (GMT-7)


Shadam
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   Posted 1/25/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Sub,

I would definitley rather be off meds and on herbal/natural treatment.  My only concern is getting off the meds to test other treatments.  If I am on meds while feeling fine and then take other treatments, how will I ever know which is working?

Also, to maintenence meds like Asacol only keep inflamation down rather then making it go away?  Also, is it more likely that my inflamation will come back if I get off the meds (Asacol).


Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08
Currently on Asacol 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Started taking chamomile tea and multi vitamins (waiting for results)


quincy
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   Posted 1/25/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Shadam said...
What a crazy illness...so your saying if my symptoms are limited (1-2 BM's a day), I can still have very bad inflamation or vice versa?

Yes, and no.  you should really be on rectal meds to help deal with the inflammation and taper them to a maintenance dosage.
 
There's a constant in dealing with UC..it's not all or nothing.  The maintenance part of treatment when symptoms are mild would be preferred rather than waiting till symptoms get worse.
 
It's a learning process.  Experience is a good teacher..unfortunately during the lessons, but fortunate for the future flares.
 
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