Your colitis doesn't sound so bad, considering that you have been able to ignore it for all these years. Perhaps a food diary, probiotics, meditation, breathing exercises, and change in diet will help.
Yah, I understand your concern about
taking medicine. The colitis maintenance medicines aren't good for the kidneys. For those of us who aren't going to die from heart disease, diabetes, long cancer..., it is a concern. A relative of mine, who is 96 and was in perfect health, is now in the hospital due to a kidney issue. He'll be okay though. However, the issue with the colitis medicines hurting the kidneys is for those who are taking the medicines long term. Taking the medicines once in awhile shouldn't cause any major problems.
I too prefer sigmoidoscopies to colonoscopies. There is no reason to get a colonoscopy if only a sigmoidoscopy is necessary. However, a colonoscopy might be worth the peace of mind, considering that you haven't had one in all these years and are worried about
getting cancer. The risks of getting a colonoscopy are extremely low. I haven't read of anyone on this forum saying their colon got damage from having one. The worst I heard is that it caused a flare. As for increasing the cost of medical care, preventive procedures are worth it.
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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