Let me count the ways.
Had a case of Korean craps late 1971 for about
two weeks, one day I felt something tear
and burn, in the rectal area did not think anything of it. It stopped in about
Spring 1972 after returning from Korea, come up with a major rectal abscess, needed emergency surgery.
After that healed had more fistulas from it,many abscess in the same area.
1977, quit smoking plus major job stress.
1980 proctitis, 6 cm involvement.
Note above Phattwoohie also had a fistula.
In my case what I think happens is the the gut/rectal bacteria are now exposed to
the general immune system,as opposed to being under control of the gut immune system.
You now become auto vaccinated to your own gut bacteria.
But I was able to gain remission in 1982 by starting smoking again, so
that also has something to do with it.
Quit smoking for only 2 weeks in 1986, out of remission and never have been
able to gain remission since,even with smoking.
But I also take no meds.
Here is something on autologous vaccination and IBD./www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26088200
This thread then leads to another question.
Why does UC start in the rectum, most of the time.
Post Edited (Old Mike) : 4/6/2017 7:22:35 AM (GMT-6)