I was in a massive flare for nearly five years. When my insurance company finally approved it, I went on Remicade and got into remission. My only other choice at that point was surgery. Colazal, Azathioprine and Entocort combined had me down to 10-15 times a day with bleeding most days, pain and extreme exhaustion. Within a month of starting Remi I was in remission.
If you don't want to try biologicals and all the other meds have been tried, surgery may be a consideration for you. You could at least have a consultation with a colo-rectal surgeon to see what's involved to help with your decision-making process.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.