Crohn's and Colitis is a challenge to be sure, and once diagnosed many, like yourself, find themselves feverishly, and furiously searching for cures, helps, and most importantly, information about ones/loved ones recent diagnosis. I am not an expert on Crohn's, only that I understand the concerns, having been diagnosed over 35 years ago, when there was hardly a spoken word of it. It took many years of debilitating physical suffering, before there was to be a diagnosis for what ailed my young youthful body.
Even though research on the disease has been ongoing since 1937 when Burrill B. Crohn, an American gastroenterologist who was one of the first to describe the disease and later bear his name. Not much is understood. Additionally, folks need to know that Crohn’s disease is not the same thing as ulcerative colitis, another type of IBD. The symptoms of these two diseases are similar, but the areas affected in the body are different. Crohn’s disease may affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus, but ulcerative colitis is limited to the large intestine.
Recently, I was asked whether I know anything about Fecal Transplant. Honestly, I don't know a lot about the treatment. If I understood correctly, they were talking about fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT or fecaltransplantation) AKA stool transplant. What I do know is the purpose of fecal transplant is to replace good bacteria from a healthy person into an unhealthy person's bowel. It's certainly not a new treatment. It originated in China. The Mayo Clinic notes; 'Fecal transplant has been used in the U.S., sporadically since the 1950′s, without much regulation. It has gained popularity in the U.S. in the past few years, although experts estimate that total number of treatments to date in the U.S. remains below 500 patients.'
With that said, I always encourage my readers to do their research and discuss any and all treatments, medications, diet, exercise, life style changes, and so on with their physicians. With every person, the disease and treatment will be different which makes this disease so cunning. What one must remember is that there is not a 'one size fits all' treatment for those diagnosed with any IBD. Sometimes it can take years for relief. This is not to discourage the reader, only to encourage the reader to keep seeking, asking and be your own medical advocate. There are many things besides medication and alternative treatments to ease discomfort. Stress - ease up. Rest. Diet and exercise. Illuminating those foods/beverages that you know triggers a negative bodily response.
Even today, after 35 years living with Crohn's Disease, it's still one of those medical mysteries that is still poorly understood.
A great site to find additional information and helps is http://www.ccfa.org