Posted 4/9/2015 10:01 AM (GMT -6)
Your first option should be to try a milder maintenance drug such as Lialda or Asacol and remain in remission by taking rectal meds as needed. You can follow our signatures to see what works for each of us. You will find that almost everyone recommends mesalamine enemas with rave reviews.
Our signatures indicate that other really popular supplements for most of us are vitamin D, fish oil, PROBIOTICS, and a soluble fiber such as psyllium. Get your blood levels of vitamin D checked. While you are at it check your B12, folate, and iron since you might behave been losing blood during your flare.
I am allergic to the most common meds but I am lucky enough to manage my symptoms with diet and supplements. Over four years since my last major flare but I still get symptoms that I snuff out by being more strict with my diet and increasing my supplements.
IMO everyone should keep a food diary. Most veterans with this disease, even those who do not believe in diet modification, will admit that certain foods aggravate their symptoms. Two very common food triggers are gluten and dairy. I suggest avoiding gluten for 2-3 weeks to see if your symptoms lessen. Then try the same for dairy.
My signature indicates what has worked for me. Check out the signatures of others to see what can apply for you.
Male/63 DX IBD in Feb08. No meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Remission since Mar2010. Psyllium Seed mixed with VSL3DS is very helpful. Food diary instead of SCD or Paleo.
Lactobacillus Reuteri (NCIMB 30242), Lactobacillus GG (Culturelle), Fish oil, magnesium, multivitamin, extra D3. When needed: DGL, boswellia, curcumin, E complex.
Resistant Starch and lots of fruit & vegetables (but no cruciferous), No Gluten, no soda, no HFCS, no xylitol or sorbitol, no trans fat, no shellfish, no carrageenan, no GMO foods saturated with Roundup.
Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys