I’m from Omaha, NE. I’m dating a wonderful guy, who happens to have UC. We’re both in our early 20’s and active, and I dream of a long happy life together. I scour the web for info that might help him. This site has been a great resource in helping me understand UC, what he’s going through, and what has helped others.
Experience with Fecal Transplants…Anyone?
In December my boyfriend told me that his doctor thought he might be in remission. Of course, we were both very hopeful. Weeks later he experienced a flare up and has been taking more medication and has been receiving infusions of Remicade every 4 weeks instead of every 6 like he usually does. He continues to deal with a flare up.
His doctor recently told him that a stool sample showed that he had elevated levels of inflammation and that they would like to do a colonoscopy (the second in the last 6 months).
This is very stressful for my boyfriend, and by extension, for me as well. Dealing with UC and flare ups are causing some of our plans to be delayed.
Over dinner recently he mentioned that fecal transplants have helped people to no longer experience the yucky symptoms of UC. The idea of having someone else’s poop put into your body blew my mind. From what I’ve read online, people with C-diff, UC, and other conditions have experienced very positive results from fecal transplants. I was relieved to read that the transplant is not in pill form (even though having it infused through the nose or the back end aren’t so pleasant either).
My boyfriend said that fecal transplants are not offered by local doctors, Minnesota would be his closest option. Luckily, if he does decide to go this route, he has friends in Minnesota that he could possibly stay with.
So my reason for posting here, is to ask you all if you have had any experience with fecal transplants. Have you had one?
I’ve read that sometimes a relative or spouse could be the donor of the stool. If you had a transplant, who was your donor? (If that’s not too personal of a question).
Maybe you researched fecal transplants and opted against it, why?
Has anyone had a fecal transplant in Minnesota? What did you think of your experience there?
I would love nothing better than for my sweet boyfriend to feel good and to not have to worry about yucky UC stuff. Fecal transplants seem like a good option.
Thanks for your help!
written by Lucy