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I’m newly diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, actually with one type of it called ulcerative proctitis and the doctor still has to decide on the choice of medications. Is it really true that ulcerative colitis cannot be cured? I’ve heard some stories about spontaneous healing - is that possible?

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I’m afraid that spontaneous healing is not possible in this case. It is essential that you get proper medical treatment. The good think is that you suffer from the inflammation of colon which is limited to the rectum only, so the prognoses are much better than in the case of universal colitis - in this case the inflammation spreads to upper parts of colon. It is not known what causes this disorder - scientists suspect that it might be abnormal activity of the immune system, which is genetically inherited. One of the main characteristics of colitis is the fact that it disappears and reappears, hence, probably, the false impression that it can magically heal and never return again. The truth is that the right combination of drugs can prolong the remissions between the symptoms. Sometimes symptoms can disappear for several years and then return again. The good think about relapses is that they do not worsen the situation - so, in your case, ulcerative proctitis will most probably not develop into universal colitis. There were cases of remissions even without medical treatment, but it is not healing. Apart from taking the drugs prescribed, you should try to improve the quality of life and minimise the possible side effects of drugs.
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What type of tests would a physician order to diagnose this disease?
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