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Does Smoking Really Help Ulcerative Colitis?

OK, has been a while since I posted an update.

I have had a few bad weeks, especially since my current GI doctor prescribed Imuran. I started to have uncontrollable movements and felt like I am falling apart. I decided to stop the Imuran last weekend and felt an immediate improvement. Last Monday I went to see Dr. Hanauer at the University of Chicago. This guy is the bomb. Extremely positive and has experience that is out of the box. So, after reviewing my case, he flat told me to start smoking 3-5 cigarettes per day and I will be in remission faster than I have ever been. Yes, I am fully aware of all the side effects, but truth is, I started last Monday with 20-25 movements per day, and today I am down to 5!!!!! I am more willing to cut off a few years at the end if I have the quality of life until I get there. I also cut down on the Prednisone from 60mg/day to 30mg/day right now and can’t say I ever felt better in months.  I have my family back and my normal life, can go to work again and don’t have to be afraid to soil myself several times per day. I am discussing the use of Humira with him next week and sure hope to stop taking that as well, too. GO SMOKE!!!!

-UC Man


Dr. Hanauer’s doctor review


509 Responses to Does Smoking Really Help Ulcerative Colitis?

  1. Julie August 11, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    It does suck. I HATE it. Thank you for talking to me. Even that helps me feel a little better. I’m gong to go on a fast for 3 days, and only drink water to see if that works. It used to work wonders for me. Thank you for the prayers. We all need them! I wish you well on your journey too.,

    • moneyball August 11, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

      I agree, that talking to someone who is going through the same thing is helpful, so thanks to you too. How do you find the three days of only water to get through?

  2. Julie August 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    It is very difficult to fast– just horrible. You feel very bad because basically you are detoxing from everything all at once. Your body cleans out all the trash it’s been holding for so long. It’s hard, but it allows the colon a good rest. I have a friend who says the colon heals very fast with no food irritating it. (He’s researched this stuff a lot) I used to just fast periodically when I was younger, and I would completely heal, but now that I’m older, I guess it doesn’t work so well. I will try fasting and smoking at the same time to see if anything happens. I don’t have much of a choice at this point. :)

  3. moneyball August 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    True enough! I should give that a try….well i am currently on prednisone and have to take it with food but will remember it for the future if i flare again.

  4. Julie August 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    I understand! :) Well, I’m off to bed…best wishes to you.

  5. moneyball August 11, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    You too.

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