I don't trust studies done by the pharmaceutical industry. I read they get to choose their participants, and of course they choose the ones who they feel will give them the test results they want.
I've had four flares. My second was my worst. My flares usually start at the butt hole and work their way up. The outside of the butt hole gets really swollen, so swollen that I mistakenly thought I had hemmies the first two times I flared.
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).
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