This is ABSOLUTELY the place to come to try to get help. Of course always check with your doctor but sometimes they are at their wits end and after much reading and taking notes and checking the signature lines of different people on this site it helps point you in a certain direction and
opens dialogue with your doctor about
different things to try.
I have sat at this keyboard and cried and laughed my head off. Bottom line it is like having a huge support network without having to go out to meetings which would only have a small group of people and probably only meet once a month. Plus the anonymity makes it a heck of a lot easier to ask even the most embarrasing questions....although nothing is really embarrassing here.
I am the "secretary" and gather info, facts etc and then discuss it with hubby as he won't take the time to do this and for the longest time really couldn't sit for any length of time at the computer anyway to do so. I have cut and pasted and printed off so much info in the beginning which really helped a lot. It can get overwhelming sometimes and too hard for the brain to retain it all.
So welcome to this forum where you already have found is really quite the place.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran
Zero mg prednisone 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema every other PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month