Hi Taste, welcome to the forum! I'm sure you will find lots of helpful info here.
I have been in your shoes several times, flaring and not having insurance. It sucks. I put up with a flare for over 3 years, went to the emergency room and was admitted and released 3 days later with Entocort and than couldn't afford to renew the script. Went another year, finally changed jobs so I could get insurance, and the Dr. ended up perforating my colon during the colonoscopy because of all the inflamation and narrowing I had going on for letting it go for so long. I ended up in the hospital getting an emergency resection.
I'm telling you this only because if I was in your situation, and knowing what I know now, I would have done whatever I could to help stop the flare, even going on the dreaded pred. I'm not a Dr and I really recommend you see one, but you are the only one who knows your situation. Do you have enough pred to start off and taper safely? How comfortable and confident are you about taking the pred without Dr. supervision? Is there a free clinic or a teaching hospital that you might visit at a reduced price?
All I can say is I have a stock pile of pred if there ever comes a time I am in that situation again.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.
Humira, probiotic, a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.
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