I am a 38 year old mom of two beautiful kiddos, who was diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in the spring of 2011. I am currently trying to follow the SCDiet and use 1,000 mg of Canasa suppositories. I was on prednisone for a month and a half (began with 20 mg, down to 10, then to 5mg). It helped somewhat, but not completely. The doctor then wanted to do a flexible sigmoidscopy, and if I had a flare he would prescribe Imuran. After reading the side effects and realizing that the last time he had performed a flexible sig… I had been on remission, but the symptoms returned. I am unsure if it was the fleet enemas for the preparation or the actual sigmoidscope. So…I told the nurse that I was going to hold off on the sigmoidscopy and try the SCD. I also tried the vitamin E enemas, but it did not help. I have an appointment with a guy in Portland, OR for a Fecal Transplant on Monday. My goal is to definitely try natural treatment befor e getting on harsh medications.
My current symptoms include mucous, blood, gas, and at times loose stool and other times somewhat solid.
Surgery and Antibiotics and Concerns About a Colitis Flare Up:
My biggest concern is for my children, in that I hope they do not get this tormenting illness. Nobody in my family has or has ever had inflammatory bowel diseases. My grandmother got Type II diabetes (at an old age) and my mother has rheumatoid arthritis, which are both autoimmune illnesses. Before getting diagnosed I was eating insurmountable amount of sugar. I also tried a cleanse a couple of months before having my symptoms, so at times I wonder if both of those two factors caused my ulcerative colitis.
As mentioned earlier, I am looking into having a fecal transplant and was thinking of using my three year old daughter. I have heard that it is better to use an adult for a fecal transplant due to more bacteria, etc. Hopefully I can get some questions answered on Monday when I meet with the doctor. He did mention that he does not use antibiotics prior to doing the fecal transplant, and it sounds as if this is somewhat new to him.
Anyway, I am concerned because I am going to have an elective surgery and the doctor uses antibiotics to prevent infection. Of course this is a big concern to me since I have read that antibiotics disturb the flora in the intestines and may cause a flare. The doctor said he would use them only the day of surgery, but would need to use more if redness or sign of infection was occurring. Of course, the stress of having surgery does not help, so at times I wonder if this is worth it and if I should follow through with it.
Has anyone had surgery with antibiotics
and did the UC get worse after the surgery?
What could be done to prevent a flare
after surgery if antibiotics are used?
Are there alternatives to antibiotics?
Any input would be helpful. Thanks!
Canasa 1,000 mg-worked at first, but after flexible sigmoidscopy a flare occurred.
Prednisone–helped some with inflammation, but did not put in remission.
Vitamin E enemas–did not work at all.
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