My Background: I have Ulcerative Colitis. I’m Allergic to sulfazamine, treated with antiobiotic therapy for two years.
My Colitis Story:
I was diagnosed with UC and have been battling symptoms for almost four years. I have tried different treatments and they all worsened my condition…basically I have been in a severe flare up for almost four years. It has been determined I must be allergic to sulfazamine. I recently went to Cleveland Clinic. They want me to start Remicade treatments or consider surgery. The only medical relief I have had from severe symtoms is antiobiotic therapy. I have taken this and nothing else for two years but they tell me I can no longer take these because of the risk. I am looking for diet plan options and need to wean off the antiobiotics in the mean time. It has always been scary for me to stop taking the antiobiotics because of the loss of quality of life, usually within a week and then the routine of getting the antiobiotics back in my system. I just started the Great Taste No Pain diet two days ago and need to wean off the antibiotics but wonder if I should do this at this point or after following the diet for a period of time. I have been looking into other diets as well and would like to have some recommendations and success stories of UC sufferers similar to my situation. I also feel that I need probiotics after taking antibiotics for so long but don’t know what kind to begin with. Cost is a big factor in treatment for me so my hope is to be able to recover with diet and probiotics. Has anyone had a similar experience to mine and would like to offer advice on diet and probiotics and what the effectiveness of this self treatment might be? Every doctor has told me diet will not help but I am convinced that it has something to do with recovery. It has helped me tremendously to read your posts and know I am not alone. Thanks so much!
My Medications: Asacol and Mesalzamine severely worsened symptoms…my husband thought I was going to die while I was taking them. Finally the doctor said to discontinue this treatment that I was allergic to it. I have been putting off taking Remicade.
Submitted by “Sharon” in the Colitis Venting Area