Brief Summary of Experiences with Colitis

I wanted to write just a brief summary of my experiences with the ulcerative colitis (UC) here, before I do the post on my experiences with the “doctors” and their bad advice.

The UC started in July 1999 with seeing blood with BMs. By September 1999 a “flexible sigmoidoscopy” indicated that the cause of the problems was UC. In September-October 1999 I was having maybe 10-15 BMs per day, mainly stimulated by the bleeding that was caused by inflammation. I also had a low blood count and low protein level, and weight being in the 117-125 lbs range. After being given a mesalamine based prescription anti-inflammatory, it was better by maybe late November and things were more normal by mid-December 1999.

But it got worse again in January 2000. I’ll get into much more specifics in my post about experiences with “doctors” and their bad advice. But it was much better again and more normal by April 2000. I had relapses between August 2001 and April 2005. If there’s bleeding with BMs I call that a “relapse.” But the number of BMs during those relapses were no more than 6 per day, not exactly 10-15 like during 1999-2000.

The situation was under control from 2005-2012, when starting in November 2012 there was the first relapse in 7 years. At that time I was under a lot of stress and there were some issues with my supplements, including the acidophilus “pearls” that I had been taking since December 2005 not being as good as they used to be, which I confirmed by seeing that other people were experiencing the same issue of that supplement not being as good as it used to be, as I saw on Amazon reviews at that time (which was good enough of a confirmation for me). So, the 2012-13 relapse ended by March 2013, and I switched to a different brand of acidophilus starting June 2013. I haven’t had a UC issue since then, except for occasional spasming and other non-bleeding digestive reactions.

So that’s my summary of those UC experiences since 1999. And I will be much more specific in my post on the experiences with “doctors” and their bad advice. I don’t know when I will do that, though.

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