Posted 11/29/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -7)
hmmm, I would say that my colon has remained relatively "healthy" without further damage or progression because of the 5ASA meds. As well, 5ASA meds are thought to have protective qualities against colon cancer.
I also have UC-related liver disease....my thoughts are that by keeping my colon as quiet as possible, the liver disease will remain quiet as such. The liver disease, known as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a fatal disease, once triggered into high gear, life expectancy lessens and the need of liver transplant is necessary. Of course, that's an area I choose not to venture mentally, because I'm not there at this point.
So, if one thinks it's not necessary to treat the inflammation symptoms, think again, because with a body's autoimmune system that responds so destructively, it's best to play nice with it. If the symptoms of the reaction kept quiet keeps the immune response to a minimum, how is that not treating the disease itself.
Treating doesn't mean curing....