I was at the Remicade clinic the other day when a fellow patient walked in and I could tell just by looking at her that she was in a bad way. I thought to myself that she was probably glad that it was infusion time. But when the nurse began the customary pre-infusion interview it was discovered that the patient had begun taking anti-biotics for some kind of infection.....without running it by her GI doc or the Remiade co-ordinator. Bad news. To make a long story short, she was denied the Remicade because of the anti-biotics and was sent home, or rather, her doctors. Needless to say she was very upset.
I understand her desperation, believe me, I do; but when we're all on these industrial strength drugs ( on combinations thereof ) we can't afford to do throw other drugs into the mix without supervision and communication with the doc. I don't mean to sound preachy but I think it's important to understand that the medical people have to be in the loop in order to get us all back on track.
Just my 2 cents......
Resection in August '06
Prednisone banished to the hot place shortly thereafter