A couple months ago, I noticed I started having diahrrea--In fact, I first became sick after attending a state fair, which led me to think I had food poisoning. But then I noticed I was having diahrrea every day--no blood, but just diahrrea, once a day. This continued for a few months and then gradually worsened, as I started having to go to the bathroom 5-6 times a day. I had a colonoscopy and the GI said I had ulcerative colitis. He put me on prednisone and Lialda. I was on both medications for almost two months, and while I saw a decline in my symptoms, I never achieved full remission and continued to have diahrrea from time to time. In addition, I began having abdominal cramps and pains.
I decided recently to stop all medications and have gone to using just some herbal supplements. I'm having less diahrrea and more formed bowel movements. I'm going to the bathroom 3-5 times per day, and I no longer have as much abdominal pain or cramps. Like I said, I never had bleeding (except when I took Aspirin or other meds that induced bleeding), but when I do have diahrrea, I notice that I tend to go right after I eat a meal, and that much of my meal is undigested, which leads me to think that I may have leaky gut, or trouble completely digesting my food. Someone suggested a digestive enzyme--is there anything else I should be taking?
The fact that I have now been off meds for several weeks and not really flaring (unless having 3-5 solid bowel movements a day with diahrrea maybe once a week is a flare) leads me to think maybe there is something else involved, or maybe something else I should try. Like I said, this all started after I ate food from a vendor at a state fair several months ago, and had diahrrea several times that night and day. Maybe I have a parasitic infection.