Microscopic Colitis - Prognosis

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What is the prognosis of microscopic colitis?

The long term prognosis (course) of microscopic colitis is not clear. In approximately two-thirds of the patients with microscopic colitis, the diarrhea resolves spontaneously after several years. The remaining one-third of the patients with microscopic colitis experience persistent or intermittent diarrhea and/or abdominal pain for many years (possibly indefinitely) as there is no cure for the condition.

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Comment from: Chained to bedpan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

At age 50, after 30 plus years of reporting diarrhea and bouts of extreme weakness and fainting, to doctors, one did a simple blood test. Then I had a colonoscopy to confirm celiac sprue. Small intestine all but eaten away by own immune system, villi gone, flat land. Eating, but starving. I was also diagnosed with collagenous colitis, sometimes associated with celiac. Five years of gluten free diet has improved nutritional uptake. Colitis has stolen my life. Analogy: use a small balloon, fill 1/3 with soda (Coke or Pepsi will do), now shake vigorously, hold the opening down and try to let the ever increasing pressurized gas out without making a terrible mess. Attacks are frequent, 10 to 30 plus times/24hrs. Sleep is interrupted every 1 to 4 hrs. Avoid fibrous foods, they promote gas production. Entocort has improved things approximately 10 to 15%. It has cut down on the mucus, associated with the cramping. It is hard to remain positive when sleep deprived. Wearing a bag is an option, but I'm not ready for that yet.

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Comment from: Firstaidangael, Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I was diagnosed with microscopic colitis in 2004. I have taken every known medicine with a lot of cost and no relief this way. What I have found that controls my symptoms is no processed foods, no gluten (sensitivity will not show on a test only intolerance), and stress is a huge factor. What I was told might have been my root cause was when I was 16 years old I had water poisoning that made me very ill. I am currently looking into Chinese acupuncture (western does not follow the same practices) to help with fatigue.

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