I had a really great digestive system. I had taken antibiotics off and on for ear infections, sinus infections, and acne, but my digestive system was still rock solid--just like everyone else in my family. That was until I went to Asia and got a horrible skin inflammation. I was on antibiotics for way longer than I was supposed to be. I started drinking bubble tea, which contains HFCS. Bubble tea was the new thing, and of course I mistakenly assumed that sugar from fruit was better than sugar from cane. I was bloated, passing gas a lot, and having diarrhea. Then my divorce came, and I started eating nothing but chocolate to curb my depression. The gas, bloating, and diarrhea got worse and worse. I ignored it. I didn't think it was a big deal until one day I saw blood.
I now take probiotics, don't eat anything with HFCS, and eat chocolate only once in a blue moon. I will also add turmeric powder to many of the meals I cook and I drink Tension Tamer tea from Celestial Seasonings. I have barely any bloating and gas, and I'll only get diarrhea if I eat something wrong (usually something that I think doesn't contain HFCS, but it does.)
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.
Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working
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