Hi BellaB1 blue butterfly,
I'm really sorry that you're going through this, but your loving support of OH is very admirable, you're a beautiful friend whilst apparently receiving very little in return, sadly.
I have Crohns Disease, but originally I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Collitis after a year.
Therefore I completly understand what OH is going through...and it's hell.
Now I've been searching for answers for your questions since yesterday via PubMed & Google Scholar, with mixed results.
There's some evidence to suggest that small doseages of prescription amphetamines ie: Dextroamphetamine, that have be proven effective in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Low doses aid by helping patients energy levels to increase, as IBD takes it's toll and suffers have great difficulty living life because of the immense fatigue associated with this chronic condition.
(Not to mention the hardcore side-effects of some medications used in treatment)
Therefore OH may be partially correct when she claims it helps, although this might only be the addiction
Other literature/peer reviewed journals say that using stimulants
/stimulants/ street speed etc. can cause Inflammatory diseases of the upper/lower bowel.
Aswell as Gastrointestinal Intestinal (GI) inflammation in general.
There are many other serious conditions which can occur.
There are many other issues involved re: GI & using street drugs
(Again, I'll provide links)
Firstly it's almost impossible to tell what's in these drugs...the cutting agents specifically.
Irrespective of this, OH is still using amphetamines and stimulants being what they are they over-stimulate the body/mind & THE BOWEL.
eg: Excessive diarrhoea/bleeding/mucous because of collitis.
Many complications can arrise, such as constipation from dehydration/not eating, and from 'fasting' that OH claims is necessary.
All of these things are going to severely complicate her recovery, and her bowel condition may never improve or go into remission which is the ultimate goal...sadly leading to possible further operation(s).
Worse case scenario is that she may need her whole bowel removed.
( This is where I'm heading fairly soon & colostomy bag)
From my personal experience as a IBD patient, & through my proffesion as a Nurse who regularly works in the GI Unit, the only time 'fasting' is a requirement is when our patients are booked in for surgery. (Endoscopy/Colonoscopy etc.)
Has OH ever elaborated on this?
Another requirement for those diagnosed with aforementioned chronic diseases is diet.
Namely 'Low Reside Diet'.
If you'd like more information on this I'd be honoured to assist as this is something I've mastered, having been on this regime for years, and I have to inform my patients weekly on the protocol.
Another reccomendation I have, that was a life saver for me, is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease drink.
It's a powdered milk supplement called Modulan, I'll do a search for you and confirm the name/availability in your country than edit this asap.
It contains approximately 80 different nutrients/vitamins etc. especially formulated for the needs of IBD patients.
Modulan restores all the depleted essentials that are lost through the severe diarrhoea/mucosa/medications/bleeding etc.
It's also incredibly soothing on the whole digestive system, and it's easy and enjoyable to drink.
Hopefully this long post has provided you with something that might help you, & OH.
I wish you well, and if you need more help on anything please don't hesitate to PM me.
The following link contains info re; Using Dextroamphetamine for the treatment of Ulcerative collitis.
Granted it's from a peer-reviewed journal and it's occasionally difficult to comprehend, but towards the end all the crucial info is contained and it's much easier to grasp.
This patient had phenomenal results, and regained her quality of life.
OH might have luck with this treatment also, but she must have a consultation with her dr or GI Team, as she claims amphetamines help her condition.
A supportive GI Team would be willing to discuss options with patients that have treatment resistant conditions.
(Wil supply more links re: negative effects as soon as time permits, possibly after work)