I've been to the ER only once, and I was helicoptered in. Nothing to do with UC. Emergency rooms are basically there to stabilize you and keep you alive until you can get to your doctor. If you're a trauma or heart attack patient, that involves a lot of care, delivered quickly. If you have a chronic problem of any kind, it's fluids and steroids for UC, nebulizer and meds for asthma, stitches and antibiotics for a cut. And you usually wait until the trauma/heart attack group is done.
Many ER's will give you enough medication for about
five days and tell you to follow up with your doctor. The problem is, a lot of people skip that step because they feel better. Then the cause for their ER trip never gets appropriate treatment and just keeps coming back.
I'd rather go to my own docs, even if that means I can't wait until I absolutely can't function any more. They have my records, know what's been tried, what worked and what didn't. They also know how my body reacts to various treatments.
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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