mbx, with my history I don't encourage anyone to stay on steroids for long periods. And some people here have found that Prednisone eventually stopped working for them, so probably you don't want to get too psychologically dependent on it. A lot of people here have had great results from both Imuran and Remicade, so they can greatly improve your life if they work. On the other hand, some have just gotten tired of all the medication and had surgery.
Only you know what's best for you, and all of our decision seem to be hard ones, don't they. Hope you're soon feeling better, regardless of which course you take.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off.
Current meds are Colazal,
Azathioprine Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.