Sara, your GI may be a nice guy, but it doesn't sound like he's keeping up with the changes in UC treatment theory. I'd certainly want to at least try Balsalazide and a short course of Cortifoam before going to immunosuppressants. It's one thing to take Imuran when you have tried all of the "softer" drugs, but it's totally another when you haven't. And bleeding from UC is never okay. It means you're not in remission, and you can get rid of the urgency if you can get rid of the inflammation.
I think I'd be asking the GI's office for copies of my records and then looking for another doctor for at least a second opinion. That's what I did. The new GI had a lot more aggressive and well thought-out treatment plan, so I stayed with him. Things are changing so fast in this field right now, it's really important to have a doc who keeps up with it.
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.
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