Now Brain, make sure you exhaust your natural treatments and diet adjustments before you resort to surgery. Smoking helped a little, kept my appetite down and reduced pain and frequency. Didn't pull me out of a flare for the time I smoked.
Try juicing cabbage, apples, kale, what ever cheap greens you got. Get on vitamin D, kick all wheat and ALL junk food. Make rice or potatos your staple. Not even a small taste of the junk. Try taking melatonin for a month and get your sleep schedule from 10pm to 7am... These are the biggest benifits to colitis with real scientific research, not old wives tales. I don't know if you're aware but colon surgery, or any surgery for that matter is miserable. And pretty darn risky for colitis colon surgery.
Melatonin will help a ton more then ambien, 5 or 6 mg nightly works like magic. And I'd get off the multivitamin, the iron and B6 will aggravate your guts more than it will help.
Hope this scientific backed up advice helps bro. If you aren't convinced than go to pubmed and search each suggestion I gave with colitis in the search.
Diagnosed at age 12 with ulcerative colitis in 2002. 21 years old with recent gallbladder surgery!. Current daily meds
Vitamin D 6000 ui
Calcium 600 mg Magnesium 300 mg
1 packet of VSL #3
Vitamin B12 1000 mcg once a week
Raw cabbage apple juice daily :)Avoids:
Eggs, gluten/wheat, aspartame, sucralose, food colouring and larges amounts of meats
Post Edited (ColitisMastery) : 3/4/2012 6:23:08 PM (GMT-7)