Having colitis is like having acne. The medicines don't cure the problem. They just reduce the inflammation. You are still flaring because the reason for your inflammation is still there--some form of inbalance in the body with a probable predisposition to the disease or some kind of external element (e.g. germs) that has gotten into the body (for those who have colitis and not UC). Try probiotics and keeping a food diary. There is a lot of information on this forum about
diet that you can look into.
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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