I would recommend staying on your prescribed maintenance medications, as studies have show those who remain in their maintenance medications have the longest periods of remission and shortest flares. The mild anti-inflammatory medications are also shown to reduce your colorectal cancer odds (uc increases them). They're safe medications. Medication non-compliance is an issue with chronic conditions, like ulcerative colitis (increasing preventable hospitalizations and increasing health costs). Many of us are young when diagnosed, not used to taking medications, and stop taking our medications when we feel better. I feel it's a mistake.
Can some get by without medications, yes? How many? The vast majority cannot. Uc is caused by your immune system attacking the lining of your large intestine, which causes inflammation, bleeding, and the other wonderful side effects we all experience. Untreated uc inflammation has a tendency to spread in extent and severity, which can cause a flare up.
Should you continue exploring alternatives, diets, etc? Absolutely, anything that helps you live better is worth it. Just not in exclusion of your medications.
Moderator Ulcerative Colitis
John, 37, UC in histological remission
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/8wks + 6MP @25mgsWell, that went down like a loud fart in church...
Post Edited (iPoop) : 12/27/2015 9:33:04 AM (GMT-7)