I was tested several years ago and my doctor said I did not have celiac disease, so I never tried eating gluten free. Then In Dec 2009 my DH read an article online that said many UC'ers were under-diagnosed as being gluten-intolerant.
I told him I'd been tested blah-blah-blah but since my condition had worsened and I was facing heavier drugs in the near future I decided to give gluten-free a shot. Didn't seem to be much trouble. Long story short my bleeding stopped in 3 days which had never happened except when on steroids or heavy doses of Rowasa, but it always returned.
Since starting Jan 2010 I have not had bleeding. After the initial success with gluten-free I added the whole SCD diet protocol and had additional improvement, although much slower. It worked for me and I continue to improve, being about
My advice: do your own food intolerance test through diet. Go gluten-free for 2 weeks and see if you have any improvement. Can't hurt and it's not difficult.
BTW gluten-free is just one part of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It also involves grain-free, low-starch, low-sugar, low dairy. It's low-carb and high protein (no soy). Like the name says it's very "specific" about
what foods are legal.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of suffering and no remission ever
Jan 2010 started SCD diet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices)
Bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months
Diet: Gluten/grain-free, fructose-free (blueberries OK), dairy free (swiss cheese OK), starch-free
I eat: Protein(meat/fish/eggs,no soy), nuts(soaked/roasted), non-starch veggies, nut-flour muffins
Daily: fish oil, Vit D3 2000 2Xday with oil/fat, veggie juice, sunflower seeds, probiotic VSL#3
homemade yogurt and some fruit OK at 5.5 month remission
Highly recommend: the book "Life without Bread" and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet