I have Ankylosing Spondylitis that began about 8 years ago with chronic constipation (that I still suffer despite a thousand remedies/treatments). I've read so much about the success of fecal transplants, and this makes tons of sense for spondylitis since the theory is that we have Klebsiella bacteria in our colons.
Who is doing fecal transplants in the U.S.? I would prefer someone in the southeast (I live near Atlanta), but I know I may need to travel for this since it's still so experimental.
Thanks for any advice. I'm wondering if this could be a potential cure for many people suffering from this awful spinal disease.
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There are tutorials on how to do it yourself online. The trick will be getting a donor :-) .
i think it will be very difficult to find a doctor to do it for AS. the only illness i have seen it being done for is C. Diff.
i have autoimmune ulcerative colitis and i asked multiple doctors about doing FT. i ended up doing it at home with enemas. it didn't help, but i think it would be better if i could get it down with a colonoscopy. the enemas don't reach high enough into the colon so it won't allow you to repopulate your whole gut.
good luck in your search! i'd say if you have a chance of anyone doing it, dr. mark davis in oregon would probably give it a whirl. he charges about $7,000 for enema treatments if you don't want to do it at home. he has not started doing it through colonoscopy yet.
Good question! I don't have an answer but you might want to ask a GI doctor. Fecal transplants are used for folks with C. difficile infections, at least when all other options prove ineffective. I should think that fecal transplants are done somewhere in greater Atlanta. But convincing a doctor to give you a transplant is a different matter.
It is a shame fecal transplants are not done more often. Hopefully this will change.