Doz, can you qualify for MediCal? If not, California should have some kind of plan for people who have trouble getting health insurance, most states do, and Cali is usually ahead of the game on things like that.
You definitely need a new GI. Sulfasalazine is the original, oldest drug for treating UC. There are newer drugs that have (for most people) less likelihood of side effects; Asacol and Colazal are commonly used. Rectal meds (enemas or suppositories) are usually helpful in treating from the other end. And yes, you've been on steroids far too long, they present a real risk to your bones and joints, vision and general health. If you have a primary care doctor, you might ask there. Or try a major teaching hospital.
You might try putting yourself on a good probiotic to replace the good bacteria in your colon. This can help, and most of us do take a probiotic.
I hope you find a way to get better health care soon, and welcome to HealingWell.
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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