I am finally convinced that I was misdiagnosed. I had diarhea for about 1 full year, was on prednisone for most of that year. Whenever I would drop my Pred to 15 or less, my diarhea symptoms would get worse........sound familiar.
When I was originally diagnosed, my GI said that in the 30 years he was doing C-scopes, he had never seen anything like it. He said my colon looked like nothing but red sandpaper, throughout. Thus he labelled me with Pancolitis. I never had any bleeding "IN" my stool. Only sometimes "ON" my stool or on the TP. Thus it was always due to hemmoroids.
If you do a search on my posts, you will see that I have tried many holistic things to see what would help.
I finally listened to a few friends and saw an Irodologist. She said I had Candida, not UC. So I tried some DIFLUCAN and go on a Candida diet, sure enough, I was able to get off the Pred for the 1st time in 6 months after taking Diflucan for 1 week.
After researching Diflucan, I discovered that it just prevented Yeast from Multiplying, so I tried Nystatin and at the same time stopped my Asacol..........two weeks later, I have no symptoms, my Diarhea is long gone, I am on no UC drugs anymore, no Asacol, no Pred, even stopped the VSL #3 to ensure that I didn't get worse........feel great too.
So how did the Pred fit into this.......well Prednisone actually feeds yeast.....so if you are on 15 or 20+mg of Pred, the anti-inflammation starts to counteract the inflammation caused by the intestinal issues the yeast creates, once you drop down to past 15, the yeast is able to feed off the Pred and there isn't enough Pred to countact the yeast.
I would think that most if not all of you have UC, but if you had issues like me where everything didn't add up........try some Nystatin and see what happens.
Unfortunately, I found no interest in any GI doctor that I saw when I mentioned Candida, they through it out like it was some sort of witchcraft. I saw three different ones and they all blew me off. 1 year on Pred with all the damage that does to your body, 1 year on Asacol at $177 per month.....$600 or so invested in VSL#3 all my pain and frustration due to GI Doctor's without open minds.
Give it a try, make sure you weren't like me................by the way, I don't have any disease, I just had a bad diet, too much processed sugars and a bad balance in my GI tract. Just needed something to kill the yeast.
VSL#3 One Packet Per Day
9 Asacol 400mg Per Day
Bee Propolis, Boswellia, Slippery Elm
Yeast/Fungal Detox (too much pred for too long created Candida issue)
Gluten Free Diet
Low/Non Sugar Diet