there is nothing that is totally 'safe', 5ASA's such as sulfasalazine and asacol gave me Kidney Disease, which I am battling and for the Kidney disease they gave me prednisone, which is making me pre-diabetic and of course a whole other set of issues to worry about. Even surgery has it's own complications.
my suggesstion, research, research, research and then make the best decision for you.
I hate to say this coz I don't want to jinx myself but after I have kids if I ever get real sick again and can't get better I think I might just say, "see ya" to my colon and, "hello j-pouch". But I have not researched surgery yet, so I don't know exactly what I would do.
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ in remission
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 20mg 1xday (taper 5mg a week from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalpril 10mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs. Do you have edema? If so, check your protiens!
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.