ozziek (love your name),
I am aware YOU did not say food was a cause but many who come here seem to think they ate things to CAUSE their disease. I am a senior, newly diagnosed but now my doctor thinks I probably had UC with IBS, GERD, etc. for many more years - going back maybe 15 years (that is when I had a sigmoid and nothing was found). I do believe in many cases some are allergic to wheat, lactose, etc. and don't know it. My weakness is sugar and I read here I am probably "feeding" bad bacteria and could help by cutting back more - more than I have.
In so many ways we are different - reading here many enjoy salmon and say it helps. I love it but last two times I ate it I got very sick - now thinking maybe it had MSG and that could be my problem. We all have to find our way.
I see you are a university student in Canada. Good luck in all your studies. I am so admiring all you young people who have to deal with this disease now and forever - then again maybe you guys will benefit from a cure in the near future - wouldn't that be wonderful! My son is a research scientist and is working on a cure for Alzheimer and MS - it is such a slow process but many of these diseases will be cured in your lifetime!
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Cannot tolerate mesalamines, Canasa, etc. Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred.
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. for two more weeks and then down to 15 mg.etc. Added 6-MP Feb. 28.
Added Anusol suppositories - March 16 - see doc in 3 months.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.