My father had and my sister has AS. I apparently didn't have a positive for it 23 years ago (should ask my GI about
it, however) but do have UC and PSC.
Interestingly, I suspect my mom didn't only have 'piles'...but she smoked.
Definitely do all the research on it...who else in your family has AS or UC or psoriasis?
I would think that Remicade could be an option for you? definitely would have its drawbacks, however, I would believe that keeping your flares under control help a lot.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); 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 !!!