I got Ulcerative Colitis in Oct. 2006, was hospitalized for 11 days, had bloody diarrhea for weeks, lost 35 lbs. and missed 3 1/2 months of work. I was extremely weak because of blood loss, so I had a blood transfusion and my Dr. put me on Chromagen. I was on Remicade for 5 years.
Some more about me:
I am an audiophile and an amateur pianist. I lift weights, walk and try to eat a balanced diet; but raw fruits and vegetable (which I love) are problematical.
Right now I have a little gas/bloating and occasional stomach acid.
Anatabloc Helped My Colitis
I was on Remicade for 5 years, but I developed a reaction and had to quit the infusions. My inflammation started coming back, but fortunately I found Anatabloc, which has helped me greatly. It’s an OTC anti-inflammatory (GNC sells it), comprised of Anatabine citrate which is found in Solanaceous plants. I started taking 6/day, and after 3 days I could feel the inflammation going away. I’ve been taking Anatabloc for 1 1/2 years, and my symptoms are greatly reduced. If I’m careful with my diet (no hot spicy food, only a little raw fruits and veggies) and take my Anatabloc, I can function pretty normally. No, I’m not “cured” of UC, and I still have problems with bloating/gas. If I eat the wrong foods I’ll get some mild diarrhea; but I live a fairly active, normal life these days, thanks to Anatabloc. I also occasionally have excess stomach acid (not reflux) and take a Prilosec. I did have a colonoscopy recently and still have some mild inflammation, though it doesn’t bother me much. Anatabloc is currently being tested on a variety of inflammatory illnesses, including an ongoing Human Alzheimers trial, a Human CRP level trial, a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis human trial and testing on animals for MS, Traumatic brain injury, and Ulcerative Colitis.
As of now, I only see my Doctor once a year; she is very skeptical regarding Anatabloc, even though I’ve told her it helped me. Peer reviewed articles will be appearing soon on the recently completed Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis human test and the Human CRP test.
As of now, UC has forced me to change my diet; I used to devour raw fruits and vegetables; I ate a banana every day, and a big salad for lunch every day. Even with anatabloc, I’ve had to cut back a lot on these; I can have a banana 2-3 times per week, and a small salad on the side with a meal. My favorite food was Indian food, Extra HOT! Of course I can’t do that any more, but I do eat mild indian food, maybe once a month now.
It turns out that Inflammatory bowel problems run in the family; my sister was diagnosed with UC 2 years ago, and my Dad has IBS. My grandmother had some sort of bowel disorder, but it was never diagnosed.
I’m most concerned about the long term effects of UC, that I might have to have my Colon removed or I might get colon cancer.
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Anatabloc is the only medication I’m taking now. My Doctor wanted me to try some immuno-suppressant drugs, but I don’t like the long term side-effects and decided not to, although I could change my mind later.
written by Pawsman
submitted in the colitis venting area