From the description of findings at sigmoidoscopy
, you have "Colitis". I hope
the doctor did biopsies to determine the type of colitis. Crohn's disease can
also produce similar changes. Ask your doctor if they ruled this out.
You are a young man and I am sure very active. It is very important that
your colitis gets under control and stays in remission. There is no cure for Crohn's.
can be cured by removal of the entire colon if the entire colon
There are very effective drugs available now. Probiotics like VSL-3 may help but
is not a treatment for colitis. Initially , if the flare up is severe , we use short
term cortisone like Budesonide
to get it under control. Then taper off cortisone
and put patients on Mesalamine
, 6-MP type of drugs to maintain healing.
There are Biologicals such as Infliximab
and other new ones that are very
effective. You have to be under close supervision with blood tests etc.
Milk and dairy products can aggravate the colitis. High protein diet and reducing
fatty ,greasy,fried foods are helpful. It is O.K. to take Vitamin supplements.
You can discuss these with your doctor who performed sigmoidoscopy and take
I wish you the very best.