No. I don't have any opposition from friends and family. They all know I get flareups due to having taken so many antibiotics. They all know that I've done a lot of research into my condition and that I am using alternative treatments and that the alternative treatments are working for me. So there is nothing to be in opposition about
If anything, I'm the one who gets upset about
how my future MIL treats her conditions. The only information she gets about
her conditions is from her doctors. In addition to her long list of ailments, she got microscopic colitis about
a year ago. She had been taking NSAIDs for quite some time for an infection she got from getting a knee transplant. Microscopic colitis is a side effect of NSAIDs, but she doesn't know that. Her doctors never told her. Anyway, her GI prescribed antibiotics and colazol for the microscopic colitis. He told her that she needs to take the colazol for the remainder of her life. So that what she plans to do.
What was most upsetting was that she was telling me that she went to see the doctor because she was (and still is) having diarrhea and that that is how she found out about
the microscopic colitis. She was telling me all this while she was eating prune cake. When I mentioned to her that prunes weren't good to eat if she was having diarrhea, she got upset and said that her doctor said she could eat whatever she wants. When I mentioned about
probiotics, she said that she was taking antibiotics so why should she need to take antibiotics. When I told her what probiotics were, she said that she wasn't going to take anything her doctor did not prescribe.
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
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 crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).