PLEASE, I'm sorry she is still flaring so badly.
At 19, I think she needs to know the pros and cons of treatments offered to her, the potential side effects and benefits of the medications. One of the hardest things about
this disease is that we feel that we've lost all control over our own bodies during a bad flare. Gaining knowledge and becoming active participants in our treatment planning helps to give us some of that feeling of control back and tends to make the situation more bearable for a lot of us. You of course know her best and have to make the decision, but I've found that even gradeschool age children benefit from feeling that they have some say in their treatment.
As far as the drug side effects, I've yet to have a reaction to a medication that was as bad as the full-blown flare I was in at the time I was diagnosed. That always helps me when I'm weighing decisions.
I hope she sees some improvement soon.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.