Saw the dr. today. He got a new Colonoscope and was excited to use it! Goodness, he did 40 cm. without anethesia I dont know if it's normal, though it was fine for me until he went past 30, then it got uncomfortable and painful. Took some biopsies to test for "Residual Inflammation" whatever that means. He showed me through the scope what parts were good and what parts were red and 'angry'. I'm very curious about body stuff/medecine so I found it fascinating!
As I suspected, it's a real flare, though he didn't think it was very serious.
I've been on Asacol and just finished Cortifoam (procrastinated filling the Rx and taking it for 3 months, dont ask)
He prescribed Lialda. Just Lialda. 2 tabs in the morning. He says that it's more effective than Asacol because it has two kinds of release in the lower colon, whereas Asacol releases in the small intestines.
I don't know if it's the best medecine for me. I expected something stronger to help clear up the flare.....
THe funny thing is, last year, I went to a conference/session with some top NY doctors (Daniel Present & Arthur Kornbluth & some others). I was turned off when I read that it was sponsored by a bunch of drug companies. See the bottom of this homepage - http://www.myibd.org/index.html .
The session was a bunch of "talk", nothing new, no new "Advances" as it was billed. The new thing was a press release in the packet for Lialda. When I mentioned it to my dr., last year, he hadnt even heard of it yet...... now, after some drug reps probably visited him, he prescribes it. whatever.
I'm just praying it works!
Dx: Dec. 2006 with UC
F, 23, NYC
Thank G-d - Prednisone then 6MP, Rowasa and Asacol brought remission
Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
Reduced to 2tabs 2x a day. Soon had a very mild flare. Upped to 6 tabs 2x a day. Rowasa enemas nightly. Soon replacing that with Cortifoam (generic). Dr. says it's like shooting a mouse with an elephant gun....
Muiltivitamin, Iron and Folic Acid supplements