Welcome to the forum Strawberriesyum. I know exactly what you are going through. I was diagnosed with UC my junior year in high school and that was really tough on me because everyone thought I was making up symptoms to get out of doing things. I too felt very alone when most of my friends turned their backs on me. It really is a hard thing to go through when you are first diagnosed, because you never know who you can turn to for help. I had this disease for 8 1/2 years before I was able to find something to help me. The doctors I went to gave me just about
every medicine out there and they only worked for me for about
3 to 6 months before I would have another flare. I recently had surgery and now I feel so much better. It stopped the bleeding and I can eat the foods and drink all the drinks that made me have flare-ups.
Now, the medicine can work for some people. I just happened to have a worse case, and the medicine couldn't control it. I was very scared for a while about
having the surgery, but I needed to do something.
Your best bet is to talk to your GI about
every possibility out there and get a good idea about
what can be done. Just keep a
open mind and remember that it WILL get better. That's what seemed to really help me. As for the Prednisone...... Try to find something to keep your mind off stressful sistuations, Prednisone seems to intensify your reaction to things that would normally not upset.
Good luck with everything and just be as optimistic as possible.
Currently in a lot of pain since the doctor has me off all medicine to get ready for the surgery. I am ready to live a real life!