There's really no evidence that the meds ultimately stop working. Yes, for a lot of the people on here they have, but this group is made up of people who are struggling or who have struggled more than the "average" UC patient, in my opinion. There are people like quincy who have used mesalamines successfully for 20 years. I hope I'm as lucky as she!
I didn't try diet first because I was so, so, so sick when I was diagnosed (15-20 BMs/day) and had a newborn and needed to get well as quickly as possible. I wasn't eating much, anyway, that wasn't allowed on the scd, just because I was so sick I had no appetitie.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 pills ONCE!! daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).