Welcome to the UC board, hippimom. Flagyl is often used when it's suspected we have a clostridium dificil infection causing some of our symptoms. Some docs will start with a round of Flagyl "just in case", then move on to other drugs.
Some things you should ask about
when you follow up with the GI: where in the colon is the UC located? It can be anything from proctitis, affecting the rectal area only, to pancolitis, involving the entire colon and rectum. Knowing what areas are involved will help you with making treatment choices. Generally we start out on one of the 5-ASA oral drugs, usually Asacol. It's important for you to know that this is also available as an enema or a suppository, and these are helpful in treating the rectal and sigmoid areas, where oral meds don't always reach. So ask your GI about
including rectal meds in your starting regimen.
Sorry to hear you have the double-whammy of UC and lupus, but I guess we all know we're at increased risk for other autoimmune diseases. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but I think most of us would be just a little weaker than we've had to become.
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.
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