I did not say, "it's not accurate to say that no normal person who has over-abused antibiotics would not have colitis." I said, "No normal person would not have colitis after having been on antibiotics for as long as I have."
I doubt they over abused antibiotics like me. Doctors don't prescribed antibiotics for as long as I was on them. If I add up all the times and durations of being on antibiotics, I would say that I was on antibiotics for about
a third of my life--that's 16 years. I started out having a strong digestive system. For many years, I did not notice the affect antibiotics were having on my colon. My BMs were still well-formed, I did not have gas, I did not have any bloating. However, the longer I was on antibiotics, the more I started having IBS issues. That is not a predisposition. That's a destruction of my fecal fora until there is practically nothing left. Only a very strong colon with no predisposition to IBD could have survived for as long as I did without getting a colitis flare. Goodness gracious, I'm on antibiotics now!
Moreover, fecal transplantation put my flare immediately into remission, and when do I get my flares? After being on antibiotics.
I've probably spent less than 1 hour talking with my GI. He never asked me if I had taken antibiotics. He never asked me what works and doesn't work for me. He didn't even test my poo to see if I had c-diff. What he said was that he could tell that I had UC from the state of my colon. That's all he needs to know to prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine; so that's all he is interested in knowing. He isn't interested in knowing why my colon is inflamed; only that it is inflamed.
No one in my family besides me has any colon problems. I'm the only one. My family is very
everything. We talk about
everything, including what illnesses we have. We aren't the type who keep these things like this from each other. That's about
six generations--my great grandparents to my grand-daughter--who neither have IBS nor IBD. That's actually quite remarkable.
And that's pretty much the end of it. You can think to the day you die that I have UC and that it was triggered by antibiotics. Believe what you want to believe. The fact is fecal transplantation, probiotics, and diet work for me. I'm in remission. No IBS. No colitis flareups. That's all that really matters.
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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