I have had Ulcerative Colitis since 1991, so you can say i have it for the last 20 years. It started with ulcerative proctitis luckily it was diagnosed correctly by my gastroenterologist and i was put on steroids and salazopyrin.The steroids i took for a couple of weeks and then tapered it. The flare ups and remissions continued over a period of time.Slowly the disease progressed into the sigmoid colon and then into the descending colon over the years. I continued the same medication with mesacol enema included.I started taking the enema almost everyday. It was never in total remission always there was a little mucus and blood in the stool and used to feel sore in the rectum area.
Then in 2009 October, i had a bad flare up. I lost a lot of blood i had cramps and watery stools like 15 to 20 stools a day. The situation was bad and my gastro suggested surgery for which i was not willing.Then i was put on Imuran for 2weeks on 50mg and then on 125 mg. with constant monitoring.this was in march 2010. In august my Red Blood Count and hemoglobin counts went dangerously low and i had bone marrow toxicity and stopped imuran immediately.Although the doctor wanted me take a smaller dose i refused as i was feeling terrible with that drug.
By now my colitis was some what under control though not in complete remission.I thought once the effect of imuran wears off i will flare up again.I started this Probiotic Garden of Life Primal Defense. I took it first thing in the morning. Only 1 capsule a day.And only after an hour i took anything else.I also started taking slippery elm also only 1 capsule a day after breakfast.After lunch i took Sazo EN as usual along with folic acid.Then in the evening i took two capsules of boswellia serretta 125mg. And at night after dinner i took my usual dose of Sazo EN and a multivitamin.
I kept my fingers crossed and my colitis has been in total remission from aug 2010 until now, it has been six months now.I feel like my pre colitis days. No symptom what so ever.I feel it is the Probiotic which is nothing but live bacteria and which is good for the gut that is working. Slippery elm heals the colon and helps in mucus formation. And boswellia serretta is an anti inflammatory herb.
Recently i read an article about how a man in california swallowed eggs of a worm which has put his colitis under remission. So the bacteria must be close although not as powerful as the worm. This is my opinion.If this article helps anyone i will be glad as i found this combination by reading many blogs.
author (the self doctor)
More About Me:
–I live in Hyderabad India, my daughter who lives in Newyork procures the Probiotic and slippery elm and mails it to me.
My doctor is the renowned gastroenterologist Dr Nageswar Reddy
.And Dr Rupa Banerjee of Asian institute of gastroenterology.