It depends on what caused it. I was given a diagnosis of UC, which is not curable (barring surgery); however, I'm not sure whether or not I really have antibiotic-associated colitis and not UC. While antibiotic-associated colitis is curable, my digestive system is quite messed up from having taken antibiotics for so long and for having eaten poorly for many years. (I know diet can't cause colitis, but it does contribute to colon health or in my case poor colon health.) As a result, I'm now at high risk for getting flare ups, especially if I have to be on antibiotics. So my case is not as severe as some others on this forum. I'll get a severe flare up, lose massive amounts of blood and blood clots, and then get into remission with fecal transplantation, probiotics, and diet.
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)
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