Madhura’s Story

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 fecal transplant indiaEditor’s Note

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?

90% +

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.

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11 replies »

  1. Hi
    I am also suffering from Ulcerative Colitis from 2005.
    I am from india. I am interested in doing FMT.
    Can you please let me know if you can eat normal indian diet these days after FMT?

    What restrictions do you have on your diet these days?

    please advise


  2. Hi,

    I am also from Bangalore. My son is suferring from UC for the past 7 yrs. Can you just tell me whether the fmt was done at home here in India or in the Us and whether Madura is totally symptom free.


  3. Hi madhura,
    My wife is also suffering frm ulcerative colitis since 2006 and she also
    having the same condition u had in past. Blood n mucus in stool and today
    I also heard abt FMT and found ur story.
    We also want to go for FMT but before start I would like to talk to u if u dont have any problem. So an u plz share ur number so that we call u.
    thnx n rgds

  4. I too need help please guide me on FMT who is offering this treatment in India. urgent help is begged.

  5. To our knowledge there are no doctors doing FMT in India yet. If you find one, please let us know.

  6. Dear friends,
    There is almost negligible data available about FMT in India. And even if doctors know about this, they are not willing to do the same. I am a microbiology student and going to pursue my PhD in bacteriotherapy from a reputed medical college where we are going to conduct the trials of FMT for UC patients. Will keep u updated. Till then plz take care of yourself.

  7. This is fantastic news Rashi. Please join the FMT discussion group on facebook to keep us informed.

  8. Hi rashi thats a grsat news . I wish you succeed in this as soon as possible coz a lot of young people are suffering in india.i m one ibs patient and tired of trying a lot of things.
    Please keep us updated

  9. Hi Madura,

    My 8yr old son is having UC. We are thinking of FMT for him but none of the countries have this facility availed for children with UC. Please share your contact details. I would like to discuss with you.


  10. hi
    i suffering from u.c. for last 30 years.i am based in. new delhi.It would be a great help if i could know where fmt.could be carried out.Thanks.

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