I cannot afford medicine, therefore, I have been unmedicated even after my colonoscopy, which is continously worrying my doctor.
If you cannot afford medicine, are you able to apply either for local State health insurance (if available where you live) or (assuming your in the US) Social Security Disability (if you are disabled and cannot work)?
There are many medications that might benefit you, I'm on colazal and doing pretty well (MUCH better than when I was diagnosed and sent to the ER)
You can also do things like contact the medication manufacturer, get free samples from the doctor etc... Just ask people around here and they can tell you how, or ask your GI, or the CCFA
Also, some pharmacies have low cost prescriptions on common drugs (not sure how many *if* any UC drugs are on that list) for instance Target, Walmart. And there has been discussion on this board that Colazal is going generic.
Why play the martyr and try to get by without treatment? Keep in mind that you may be doing yourself a disservice by allowing your health to worsen to a point where it may indeed force your hand into action, so to speak. What I mean is, if your condition could be kept stable with simply taking X amount of pills per day and following up with a GI, why not pursue this vs waiting for a medical emergency?
Just thoughts to keep in mind - not trying to flame you in any way
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses.
Post Edited (doors12) : 1/6/2008 8:01:11 PM (GMT-7)