To everyone.....It's a good lesson to learn that meds serve a purpose...especially long-term. I certainly would rather not be on any. I tried, but I'm a med-lifer for sure.
Maintenance is a process that takes commitment which is't easy considering life gets in the way.. There is a long series of symptoms and time that are from remission to being in a serious flare.
Knowing when to step in rather than denying they're happening (or hoping they'll go away or justifying they're not that bad yet...been there done that) is what we all learn sooner or later.
and to add to my constant repetition......rectal meds used to treat and then tapered to maintenance can be your best friend in the process.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 5/4/2008 1:28:23 PM (GMT-6)