I tried the med free approach with no luck. I am happy I had the opportunity to try different treatments even though they failed. I feel like I have given the holistic approach a chance but maybe it doesn't work for me, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you. I tried the SCD diet, Low Residue diet, I've tried many vitimans and herbs along with probiotics (which I still take and believe help but not enough to get me off medication).
I currently take Asacol and it has helped me to get into remission. I am not sure if this is quite remission, my movements are still a bit urgent but I don't see blood or mucus and I only go once or twice a day. Things are pretty predictible, not like I was before the Asacol, running to the toilet constantly, unable to pass wind for fear of dirtying my panties and sadly, I did soil them on a few occassions.
I remember when my colitis was a smaller flare, going 2-4 times a day. I was able to treat it with rectal Canasa suppositories as needed, sometimes every night, sometimes every other night. The problem was that they were extremely expensive and I didn't know about the Axcan patient assistance program. I stopped taking the Canasa and tried all these diets and herbals. I had no luck and quickly got worse, worse to the point that I couldn't pass wind - if you catch my drift. I ended up very sick from loss of blood and barely able to walk across the room without collapsing. I became terribly anemic and felt like hell. Recently terminated from employment with no insurance, I had to drag myself to a new GI and pay out of pocket, she prescribed me Asacol and more Canasa. I found out about the PA programs and got drugs for free and about 9 months later, here I am, much healthier.
So my point is, treat it properly now, if I had continued the Canasa, I wonder if I would need to be on Asacol now. Maybe I would still be controlling my colitis with rectal meds. That would be a dream. The oral meds don't give me many bad side effects but I have to take 9 pills a day and it's hard to remember. They are also expensive. I get them for free but I see a lot of people struggling to pay for them.
colitis and UC are different. I don't know exactly what I have. The two biopsy reports seemed to contradict eachother. I think regardless of whether it is colitis or UC, they will try to treat it with 5ASAs. You could probably be treated with a low dose, maybe Canasa would help.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...