Patient Comments: Microscopic Colitis - Cause

What was the cause of your lymphocytic colitis?

Comment from: 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 17

I am a senior softball tournament player who used ibuprofen frequently. I was recently diagnosed with microscopic colitis (MC) after 6 weeks of liquid bowels 6 to 8 times/day. About 10 days ago I began taking 1 lactic acid yeast wafer and 1 Digest RC tablet before each meal and switched to a gluten free bland diet which has reduced my liquid bowel episodes and volumes significantly. A 100 wafers cost about USD 50 from Standard Process and Digest RC tablets cost about USD 20. Both are available online. I am hoping that I am on the road to recovery.

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Comment from: walker, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I was diagnosed with microscopic colitis many years ago. Symptoms were explosive diarrhea and gas. Two weeks ago I started taking acacia senegal and it seems to be doing wonders for me. Gradually I increased the dose to one teaspoon, twice daily. I am also trying fennel tea. The tea seems to calm my gut and reduce gas. I don't know if this would help everybody, but it sure seems to be helping me.

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Comment from: crob, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I was diagnosed with microscopic colitis by colonoscopy after 3 months of diarrhea. I was treated with a steroid regimen and it worked great. The gastroenterologist's physician's assistant I saw told me he was sure that's what I had, but had to have the colonoscopy to confirm it.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

My symptoms, too, began just after my colonoscopy 11 months ago. After 2 months of symptoms I figured I was lactose intolerant and eliminated dairy products for 1 week---no relief. My thyroid tests showed I was taking slightly too much Synthroid, so for the next 8 weeks I put up with my symptoms while my thyroid medication was adjusted--no improvement. Since I noticed fruits and veggies seemed to be going through me very rapidly, I eliminated them for 3 days---no improvement. I then started Align for 4 weeks---no improvement. Then I spoke with my PCP and he ran blood tests for gluten intolerance, they were negative. I then began VSL#3, and my symptoms slightly improved, but if I miss one dose my symptoms are bad again for several days. After taking VSL#3 for 3 months and not being able to get off of it, I saw my GI specialist, and based on my symptoms he feels I have microscopic colitis. We are beginning some therapy and will try a few different things before doing another colonoscopy and definitive biopsies.

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Comment from: jabba, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

After about 10 years of living in agony with cramps and diarrhea which has ruined my life and have been fobbed off by doctors, I have been diagnosed with microscopic colitis after a colonoscopy. They have given me steroids and they don't work.

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Comment from: Nettie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I was diagnosed with microscopic colitis several years ago and like others was put on Entocort, which worked but the cost is too high. I read that honey is good for the digestive tract so I eat 2 teaspoons of raw honey daily and it greatly reduces my symptoms. In the past year I've been diagnosed with lymphoma and am now wondering if there is a connection between lymphocytic microscopic colitis and lymphoma. Of the 30 plus types of lymphoma, the doctors have not been able to pinpoint which one I have. And, since I don't have swollen lymph nodes, I am not getting treatments.

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Comment from: mali123, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

My LC just started, and (luckily or not) because it had been found previously in some women in my family, I knew what test to take and got a quick positive diagnosis. Luckily I have not had severe symptoms, other than persistent watery diarrhea, and sensitivity to cold damp weather (made my joints and connective tissue ache, and left me very wrung out). Interestingly enough, my diarrhea is controlled at this point by elimination of gluten and addition of a lot of medium spicy green chili sauce (plenty in at least one meal a day - chilies are known to be anti-inflammatory). Guess I AM lucky....

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