Hey Colitis People,
I had an interesting office visit today with a Gastroenterologist office in San Mateo California. I happened to be in the office for something work related and I asked the gastro doctors secretary some questions about the common protocol for their patients with IBD and specifically their colitis patients.
She told me that they have had the best success with Asacol or Asecol pills for some of their colitis patients. She said that they also do quite a bit of prescribing prednisone steroids for UC if the Asacol is not working. She also mentioned that many patients of theirs try Lialda to treat their symptoms.
I asked her if many of their patients are using drugs like Remicade or Humira for Crohn’s or Colitis. To that the secretary said that is looked at as a last resort and rarely does that happen. It sounded like this office tries to stay away from those at nearly all costs.
So then I asked if they are an office which feels that diet is important for UC patients. She said that one of the gastro doctors does believe that diet plays a part. She went further to say that they do quite a bit of testing for celiac disease and to rule out if patients are not tolerant of gluten. I thought this was great news, as it seems to be a problem for quite a few people.
Well, I just thought that might be interesting for other UC patients to hear. On a side note, you are welcomed to enjoy a two minute video with a nice bonus surprise easy to make roasted in olive oil garlic from the bbq side dish I hope is helping my colitis get out of this flare.
And lastly, if you know of an alternative medicine approach to treating UC, please feel free to email in your story to email@example.com or post a comment below. It would be great to spread the word right!
I started site and the eNewsletter(you can join that below) shortly after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in October of 2008 with severe pancolitis (when my whole colon was inflamed).
For me, it was a very rough start with severe symptoms. Getting bounced from medication to medication was not easy or too helpful. But, I did meet another UC’er, changes several parts of my diet, and of course the rest is history.
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