Thank you kazbern.
I have been off the Salofalk for about 6 months now. The book I have says it's a "mesalamine/mesalazine (5-aminosalicylate, 5-ASA), delayed or extended-release". Other names include Apriso, Asacol, Lialda, Mesasal, Mezavant and Pentasa. I guess it's only called Salofalk here in Canada. I believe it is active in the small bowel as well as the colon. Does this make a difference, or is it what you originally thought?
Anyway, the Gastro Doc now tells me this drug is only "a fly-swatter", and not strong enough to heal the "significant" inflammation in my bowel. From what I have been reading, I know it is the right thing to do to go ahead and start the therapy, but I am having a lot of trouble accepting that I have a chronic illness. Isn't denial one of the stages of grieving? I am so grateful that I don't feel ill yet, especially when I read about how much other people are suffering with this disease. But because I don't feel ill, I think it's harder for me to accept.
I am reading all I can about Crohn's disease, the possible complications and treatments, and it's a scary prospect. Right now I can only digest the information in small bits at a time, but my doctor has given me about a month until our next appointment to consider the options.
Specifically, the drugs he is thinking of are called Azathioprine and Remicade. Can you give me any idea what side effects I am likely to experience?
Again, thank you for responding. I appreciate hearing the voice of experience. :o)