35 year Crohn's patient and now I've been on Imuran for 9 months following a nasty partial blockage due to inflammation and scarring.
I get my blood tested regularly, but wonder if there is another drug that would work with less possible downsides.
I tolerate the drug and it seems to be working great. My main compalint is that I've gained too much weight. I recovered the 20 lbs I lost while having the blockage, but have exceeded it by another 20 or so with no change in diet.
Please, no horror stories (I'm concerned enough!
). But I am wondering if an alternative would work as well.
My GI says that I have 2 choices -- avoid all inflammation or get a section. It took me months to link the blockage with Crohn's (no "normal" symptoms of C) and then it took several weeks of Pred. to get rid of the inflammation and blockage. It was a scary few weeks. Very depressed about maybe having to go under the knife.
Based on my current knowledge, I see only 2 alternatives -- Imuran or surgery.
Can anyone help?