I was diagnosed with UC at 13 (1995) , I took asacol for most of my teenage years, I had few flares during that time, when I wouldn't take my meds. I have only had to take Prednisone once.
I felt relatively good for many years, until the day after my wedding September 9th 2006, it all went down hill.
I had the worst flare ever, a few months after I developed an abscess, then an anal fissure, I had no idea why this was happening, my husband suggested it might be Crohn's, after we couldn't get the abscess to go away.
Finally I convinced my doctor that it was a fistula, after a year (the first year of my marriage) of being sick, and traveling to a university hospital I got my answer.
I went through a round of Remicade and was put on Imuran.
I got pregnant a few months after my last Remicade infusion, I had already quit taking the Imuran (not good with keeping up with my meds, I know, I know, lol, doing much better now)
I was able to go med free during my pregnancy, I felt great the whole time, and even breastfed (med free) for 6 months before my symptoms started creeping up on me.
I take Imuran now and have been feeling okay, waiting for it to kick in, I guess.
I am starting to think all of my other health problems are related to the Crohn's as well, I have sciatica and back pain, my jaw has been bothering my like crazy, TMJ, also I have these sores on my scalp, that for the life of me I cannot get to go away, and general fatigue.
Hoping to join this as a reminder to take my meds, I cannot afford, financially, mentally, or physically to get that sick again, at least if I am taking my meds I can say I did my best to control/prevent it :)