Yes. For some people, flares can go away on their own.
I changed my diet with my first flare. I didn't know I had colitis, but I had an addiction to HFCS beverages and chocolate. So when I started seeing blood come out of my butt, I freaked out and started drinking water, adding fiber to my diet, stopped drinking HFCS beverages, and stopped eating chocolate. I gradually got better. The flare lasted six months.
My second flare was worse. I ended up having to take Prednisone, but I couldn't reduce my dosage below 25 mgs. I did fecal transplantation, which put my flare immediately into remission. This flare also lasted six months.
a month after the flare, I discovered I had been drinking the wrong things--V8, apple, and grape juice. It was the only thing I could get down me at the time. because I had been feeling very nauseous from losing so much blood. It turns out I'm fructose intolerant, which means no juice, especially no apple and grape juice, and V8 contains tomatoes, which is pro-inflammatory. So the fecal transplantation was a real colon saver.
My third flare was also bad. Immediately, I started taking Asacol/Colazol, but they didn't help. My flare kept getting worse. about
a month into the flare, I saw some probiotics for sale in the drug store. I bought and started taking them. And I started eating anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding pro-inflammatory foods, in addition to avoiding anything is high in fructose. My flare lasted three months.
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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