I have pouchitis, I guess that you could call it CD because it is technically inflammation of part of my small intestine. It is controllable by antibiotics but I keep getting Thrush from the antibiotics; so ABXs are not a viable long term treatment for me.
Current symptoms are trouble emptying my pouch and sometimes diarrhea.
I started Stelara before the FDA approved it for CD so I was NOT given the loading dose via IV. It was a very small loading dose compared to what I will get now.
I've been off of Stelara for almost 6 months due to my hip surgery. I'm not sure if I've built up antibodies to Stelara.
DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014
Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3755226