Ulcerative colitis cured by appendicectomy

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   Posted 7/12/2009 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
A new study shows that having your appendix taken out can cure ulcerative colitis or lessen symptoms.  A study done on 30 UC patients resulted in a cure in 40 percent, reduced symptoms in 50 percent, and no change only in 10 percent.
What do you guys think?
23 years old
diagnosed with UC 11/08
Reaction to 5-ASAs
Currently on Align probiotic, Nature's Valley Probiotic Blend, Curamin, fish oil capsules
Not in remission, but seem to be close (with some minor bumps here and there)

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   Posted 7/12/2009 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting article. For now, alternative treatments are working for me. However, if it were a choice between the colon and the appendix, then I'd rather have my appendix taken out. The only thing is that there is no guarantee that the procedure would work. Plus, the article doesn't say that 50% were cured. It says that 40% showed complete remission for up to 25 months, 50% showed some improvement, and 10% showed no improvement.

It would be nice to have more information about the relationship between the appendix and the colon.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had 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.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).

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   Posted 7/12/2009 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
This may be a good option for a person that is thinking of getting the colon removed.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
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   Posted 7/13/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
It might be something to continue to look into, but I actually was diagnosed years after having my appendix removed. 

Ulcerative Colitis, Hyperthyroidism
Lialda 2.4 Gm, Methimazole 5 mg, Atenolol 25 mg
In remission after almost 3 years :)

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   Posted 7/13/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think it's directly related except to say that wonky bacteria in the colon could trigger an immune response.

My appendix has never been an issue...never inflamed, etc, but maybe it could be something for those have the cecum involvement?

*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 7/13/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my appendix removed via an emergency appendectomy a few years after being diagnosed with UC. Its removal didn't impact my UC in any way. I recall seeing a study that suggested the removal of one's appendix could serve as a protective measure against getting UC, but I hadn't seen one that showed it could have a positive impact after the onset of UC.
Dx'd left-sided UC in 1998
-Lialda 2.4 g qam; Fish oil 5 g qam; Metamucil 1 tsp BID
-omeprazole 20 mg qam; alprazolam 0.5 mg BID (for anxiety, not UC)
-calcium-magnesium-zinc 1000 mg, 500 mg, 200 IU qpm

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   Posted 7/13/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
thats pretty interesting. i guess its something that would be interesting to learn more about, i would never do that though unless it was getting down to last options.

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   Posted 7/13/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
This theory has been tossed around for years, there's never been any large studies done to prove or disprove. And most serious researchers don't talk about it "curing" UC, but helping to stay in remission.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. 
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"

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   Posted 7/13/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my appendix removed last August, but haven't noticed any reduction of symptoms. However, UC for me is 100% diet based ... if I eat meat and veggies only I have no symptoms, if I add any carbs, even tiny amounts of fruit or rice or anything, I'm in the bathroom with blood.
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