You probably won't hear as many success stories as you should because (unfortunately, IMHO) folks that are doing well and have learned to manage their IBD don't hang out on the forums much... they're out living life.
You are right about
that. Most folks leave the forums and get on with their lives soon after they have their IBD under control.
I wish people would search the board for topics before creating new ones. Everyone would be able to get more input, including input from those who are no longer on the board, if they did.
I have three success stories:
1) My first flare wasn't severe. It went into remission on its own without the use of meds.
2) Prednisone reduced my second flare. Fecal transplantation put it into remission.
3) Probiotics and diet put my third flare into remission.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.
Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)