"But at this point the meds are making me feel worse than the disease."
I sure know how that feels. I have quite a few weeks to convince my doctor of that! Finally, he agreed that mesalamines were out for me. I felt like I had the flu - didn't want to get out of bed - worse than UC ever was. I will not take mesalamines again. That limits the options - especially the ones safer for us. I had to go on prednisone to stop the bleeding, etc. Probably going to try immune suppressants next. We are all different but I refused to use medications very long that made me so sick. It was not like a couple weeks of sick and then better - it was gradually getting worse - every day! I gave them a fair time.
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.