jake from state farm said...
I was exactly where you are when I was 23 my boss asked me one day how I was because he saw the decline in my attitude and I looked him in the eye and said I feel like crap! He promptly said go home and don't come back until your better. lol I didn't care about anything, my will to live had even left. I seriously asked my brother to put me out of my misery twice. I ended up moving back in with my mom which did nothing for my attitude. a few months later the decision was made to do surgery. At first they told me I would probably need the colostomy bag but luckly that did not end up being the case. After surgery I did a short stint on prednisone and was put on an every 8 week remicade infusion and I felt almost instantly better. my attitude toward life almost instantly improved. here it is 10 years later and i'm having my first signs of a flare up. I guess what i'm trying to say in a long way is maybe get a second opinion on whether you will need the colostomy bag.
He/she has done the biologics. (*creepy stalker alert
* Including Remicade if you check their posting history.)
Not saying they should instantly rush into surgery, but once you've failed all meds, surgery becomes far more likely. I was trying to suggest surgical options which didn't
end with an external bag.
Prednisone is a stop-gap at absolute best. Personally, I wouldn't recommend that.
Bowel rest is another possibility, as PV suggested. It doesn't come with the toxic side-effects of Pred, but again, its effect tends to be only temporary.
If the topic creator wanted to try something genuinely different, then a course of anti-MAP antibiotics is a possibility. Or helminths as kazbern suggested, but the anti-MAP therapy is a bit more accessible. Helminths are very very expensive and very very hard to get hold of.