Just heard back from GI office following the SBFT. Not much info until I see him in end of month, but he wanted to confirm that it is "a stricture that has been stable over the years. Dr wants you to stay on the prednisone as currently planned and he will see you at the end of the month".
So...to me this says...nope not going to the bigger meds as they address inflammation not stricturing. I need to be a good girl and get back to "my body approved diet" (basically I do really well if I stick to no veggies, no fruit, fish/chicken only, fill up on milk). So I am looking at what does a stricture mean for me since although he says it has been stable...it apparently is more of a bother these last two years. Will start looking into the balloon option...who knows maybe 24 years later it is time for a new resection.
Since my gut pain seems to flare with the hot flashes, going to look into ways to tame those and see if I can't avoid a procedure too.
Overall, this news makes me happy.....despite some wicked gut pain last night. I am enjoying some happiness for a while!!!!!!!!