Same here. I only go to the ER when I feel like I'm dying. And then there were times I felt like I was dying and was too sick to even make it to ER, like the time when I was suffering from food poisoning in Hong Kong... I couldn't get off of the bathroom floor for the whole night.
When I went for a colitis flare, I was severely dehydrated and anemic and my colon was like dog meat. It was a grave disappointment when all they did was fill me up with liquid (by IV) and send me home. They wouldn't treat me, because I hadn't been diagnosed with IBD yet.
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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