Warning... this is a poor me pity party. The good news is that it won't last long (the pity party)... hopefully.
On 10/31/05 I was dx'd with UC... started that night on Asacol. I must be the poster child for responding well to Asacol because within a week I was able to go out of the house and took my DH to lunch for his b'day. *Knocking on wood*... since then I've had very minor irritations, but no flares.
So, today I go to my doctor because I have an extremely painful rash around my eye, and up into my scalp. No itching, just intense bursts of pain periodically. I guess my "punishment" for responding so well to the Asacol is to get Shingles. Started meds today and finally had to resort to Prednisone. With the UC I've been able to avoid the Pred, now I'm on 60mg a day. I had finally gotten my act together and had lost 28 lbs since late December. I really don't want to re-gain the weight!
Anyway, thanks for hearing me out. I need to vent and get my frustration out so that I can begin moving on. I know this is more about the Shingles than UC, but didn't see a forum directed at Shingles. And, in the grand scheme of things, it could be worse!
UC Diagnosed 10/31/05
2400 mg Asacol
Daily vitamin, iron, flax seed oil, emu oil, calcium
Not thrilled with the diagnosis, but grateful to finally know what it is and learning how to treat it.