Your body CAN heal itself from UC. Here’s my story: I, too, had Ulcerative Colitis for about 8+ years (diagnosed when I was about 33). When I was first diagnosed, I was put on medication. I’ve been on several drugs over the years (Imuran, Levbid, Lilada, Imuran and lots of prednisone). Never, in all those years, did it go away. I always stayed on meds. I really didn’t think much of it until the symptoms began to get much worse. If I was under stress and had a flare, we just adjusted the meds, and then brought them back down. I was supposedly going to a well-known gastroenterologist in the northern Virginia area, and he always told me: “food has NOTHING to do with your disease.” So I took him at his word, and never did much research b/c the medications seemed to keep everything under control. When the symptoms began to increase, I went to Johns Hopkins for 2nd opinion. At this time, my dr. was pushing me to take Remicade. I had been on prednisone for almost 2 yrs. straight, and had to do something different. He told me that if I didn’t take Remicade, I would lose my colon. Prior to being told to go on Remicade, my symptoms were AWFUL!!! I was having diarrhea bowel movements about 10-15 times a day, and it was ALL blood. The minute I ate or drank, I was in the bathroom. A couple times, I didn’t make it to the bathroom in time, and that just scared me to death. Having no control over your bowels is very depressing.
So I began to do research, and for about 10 days, I ate nothing but very ripe bananas, mangos and would steam sweet potatoes and other vegs., then I would blend it into a soup. I also did a lot of fresh juices (primarily carrot, apple, celery). After about 10 days, my bowls began to become firm, and the blood was almost gone. I then took a closer look at my diet (always have eaten healthy, but also cheat), and I embraced a plant-based diet. But here’s where it gets interesting: when I started taking a probiotic, my symptoms disappeared completely!!! I take 3 probiotics a day (from Swanson Company). I take “probiotic complex” in the morning, “ultimate probiotic formula” in the afternoon, and another “probiotic complex” in the evening. I do cheat, and I’m not rigid in my diet (although I tend to follow a plant-based diet for the most part).
So here I am, about 7 months later, and not ONCE have I had any blood. My bowel movements are 2-3 a day, and they are normal. I thank the Lord for guiding me in this direction.
If it had been left up to my doctor, I would now be on Remicade and dealing with all the side effects. And honestly, I feel great!
Submitted in the Venting Area by Connie
Other medications used for her Ulcerative Colitis: Imuran, Levbid, Lilada, Imuran and lots of prednisone