Let's see....I had my first diagnosed flare in Sept. 05 after my son was born in June. I was put on Colazal and pred. and went into remission in December. I quit the Colazal cold turkey in March '06 after my hubby lost his job and I felt guilty about
the cost. I almost immediately went into a flare and was put back on pred. I had to go up to 60mg to get relief and the side effects were pretty bad (the joint pain was so bad at 60mg I couldn't get out of bed in the mornings). Anyway miserable GI's (aka my first GI) PA put me on Imuran in April as I was tapering pred. It took me until August/Sept to completely get off the pred. I say it was Sept that I went into full remission but I think that was a lot mental too. I was terrified to come off pred. and tapered way slower than I probably needed to.
By then I had found a new GI. Old GI had put me on 50mg. New GI ran a promethus and it showed I was not at my therapeutic level. He upped me to 150mg. Next test showed I was WAY too high. Lowered me to 100mg (where I am now). I had some initial nausea that subsided once I started taking the Imuran after dinner. I do have a lot of fatigue. I can't say for certain if that is the Imuran or just UC in general. Since Sept.
06 I have not had a major flare (knock on wood). I occasionally have some mucous in my stool. If I see any I usually just add in Canasa suppositories until it subsides. I have IBS too so I do occasionally have D.
I see my GI every 6 months and have bloodwork every 3. That is probably way more information than you needed!
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