Beave...thanks for responding. My mom has both lymphocytic and collagenous. Her Dr. Told her there's nothing she can do about it. Only to take immodium. She's down to skin and bones, and its so disheartning she has to suffer like this.
I will suggest what you mentioned. She lives in a small town 5 hrs away and I can't go with her to the Dr's. Do you think this kind of colitis is genetic? No one else in our family has it.
There is probably a genetic risk component with this, just as with IBD and other so-called 'autoimmune' diseases.
It's also most common in women, and particularly in women in their 60s, 70s, and 80s.
There are plenty of treatments to try, so her doctor is wrong. Immodium is only treating the symptoms - and not very well, it sounds like. The pepto-bismol regimen treats the underlying inflammation (which is generally milder than the inflammation seen with UC or Crohn's). Same with entocort or uceris - it helps reduce the underlying inflammation.
If those don't work, docs have used other UC treatments, including 5-asas or even imuran or 6mp, though the study data on those is pretty limited when it comes to microscopic colitis treatment.