Hi, all! I've been quite busy lately and haven't posted much-sorry! Here's my current dilemma:
I've only had UC since July '06, and I've flared a few times since, but not enough yet to establish a clear pattern. I'm currently in a flare which was worse a month ago (I had a very early miscarriage in October that I am convinced triggered it), but still a nuisance. I have formed BM's anywhere from 2-5 times a day, with some urgency, but this flare isn't keeping me out of the house or work. However, I have episodes of mucous release (Ick!!) that occur very suddenly and I have nearly no bowel control at these times. They don't happen often (2-3 times per week) but if I am in a car or any place where the toilet is not immediately available, I am rushing to the bathroom w/ a change of clothes. It's awful!
I'm not losing weight like with my first horrible flare. I am actually bemoaning 5 extra pounds because I find that walking seems to cause the mucous to release, and so I haven't been exercising daily. (too messy!)
My doc wants me to go back on prednisone, a 40 mg taper lasting about
8 weeks. I use rowasa, but not nightly, though I have increased my rowasa use to almost nightly for the past 3 weeks. Things seem to be improving.
I detest pred and don't want to use it unless absolutely necessary...but am I being pig-headed here? Things seem to be calming down, and I am able to function pretty well most of the time (haven't missed work, have travelled out of town the last 2 weekends, etc).
Do I stay on rowasa and hope that things clear up on their own, or do I need to go on the pred again? Any thoughts would be appreciated.