Fully understandable. Surgery has saved a lot of people a lot of suffering. I've been in a state of constant flare ever since diagnosis in 2006. That's a five year flare running now, and it's severe, not moderate.
Personally I refuse to cut my gut out until I've exhausted every last option. To save you a lot of legwork on the alternative treatments discussed here:
1.) Fecal transplantation will almost certainly have to be done at home. The chances of finding a willing doctor stateside are almost nil. The protocol can be easily found on this forum.
2.) LDN may take some time to work, anywhere from 1 to 6 months. A list of prescribing doctors around the country is available. Some HW members have it. Just ask in any of the LDN forum threads. It is only about
$30 for a month supply, and there's no chance of insurance covering it. Thank god its so cheap.
3.) Probiotics in massive doses in conjunction with psyllium seed powder could give you very quick relief. The psyllium will at least bulk up your stool and provide some leg room for managing your daily symptoms. Shoot for VSL #3 DS, the double strength version, that is prescript
ion only and may be covered by insurance. No doubt neither your GI nor your pharmacy will have heard of it, so you will likely have to fight to get it through and covered under insurance. I am currently in the process of doing so with Kaiser Permanente.
4.) The combo antibiotics are based on a study out of Japan. Take the study abstract to your doctor when you bring it up. The abx may be the fastest and most easily accessed treatment out of the alternative ones listed here. If you go the abx route, make sure to supplement it with a strong course of probiotics to rebuild the killed off flora.
Some consider surgery like throwing in the towel and giving up, others consider it the best way to proactively handle your disease, and permanently. I at least consider surgery as the absolute last dash hope. Psyllium and LDN have put my colitis in a manageable state, and if I can get my hands on VSL3 DS covered by insurance, I believe that will be the last nail in the coffin.
We are all here with you. Remember that