I am thrilled to publish this success story from Bangalore, India. In November last year I received an email from Madhura’s husband enquiring about fecal transplant for his wife’s Ulcerative Colitis. Since then I have followed their story, hoping that their initial success would ‘stick’. It has, and this is Madhura’s story. Her name has been changed to protect her privacy.
What percentage better are you?
Briefly summarise your condition and the treatments you tried before FMT.
Diagnosed with UC Left sided Colitis in 2006. Watery stools with mucus and blood 2-3 times each day. Treated with Mesacol and Predmet for 6 months and went into total remission in 2007. Married in 2008 and had a relapse. Again treated with Mesacol and Predmet and went into total remission. Delivered a healthy baby in 2009 and had a bad flare after delivery. Watery stools with mucus and blood 5-6 times each day. This time none of the mainline drugs worked. Tried Mesacol, Predmet, Endofoam enema, corticosteroids and still could not achieve remission.
Shifted to alternative medicine called “Ayurveda” which worked really well and was able to achieve 80% remission within 3 months. Continued this treatment along with Yoga and diet restrictions until early 2012 and was able to maintain 80% remission (1-2 BMs with very less mucus, sometimes little blood). Had another bad flare in 2012 (stress & diet may have contributed). This time could not achieve remission through Ayurveda & number of BM’s went up to 6-8 per day with blood and mucus. Shifted to Homoeopathy medicine. However did not see any improvement whatsoever. Again moved back to conventional drugs Mesacol and Predmet. At around this time stumbled upon thepowerofpoo blog. Exchanged emails with Tracy Mac, exchanged emails and had calls with Matt Robinson, read a lot of material and finally decided to go ahead with FMT!
When did you have your first or last FMT treatment?
First FMT – Nov 2012
Last FMT – July 2013
How many FMT treatments did you need?
Initially, I had 10 FMTs. After the first three I clearly felt a marked improvement. I then had five FMT’s every three months; two every week and then one every week and finally one each month until I reached today’s result of ~90%+ improvement.
Were there other perpetuating factors in your illness?
Stress plays a big role in my illness. Diet as well.
How and when did you first hear of FMT?
I was searching the web for alternate therapy and stumbled upon thepowerofpoo website. That is where I first heard about FMT.
What factors did you take into account when deciding to do FMT?
The fact that mainstream medicine was not effective and alternate medicines such as Ayurveda and Homoeopathy had stopped working were big factors to make me think about other options. FMT seemed the most logical option to me.
What did your doctor/s say?
My doctors did not encourage this option at all. In fact some of them had not even heard of it and refused to be a part of it in any manner.
What criteria did you use to choose a donor?
I needed a healthy donor and luckily my husband was healthy, so that part worked out well for me. My husband encouraged me to go ahead with FMT.
What was your FMT experience like?
Not bad at all. Initially I was repulsed a bit with the “icky” factor, but it was definitely much better that I had imagined
What was your darkest moment when you were ill? What sustained you throughout?
My darkest moments were when I thought I could not care for my child or my family with this disease and that I would be this way the rest of my life. My husband has been a great support and sustained me throughout.
What are the top 3 things you most enjoy about your post-FMT life?
1. Eating a normal diet with very few restrictions
2. Energy to do all my work
3. Peace of mind
What advice do you have for others to deal with the fear and (perceived) risk about FMT, in the face of scepticism from treating doctors, friends and family?
JUST DO IT! Please read all the material that is available. The procedure is very simple and takes ~20 minutes in total. It is the most cost effective and reliable solution that is out there as of today for UC sufferers.