As a senior I would like to comment on this. I certainly agree with about everything said so far. One thing - PREVENTIVE care! If I had done more preventive care - dental, gyn, all that is allowed with your insurance or ? I would not have so many problems at age 68. I also have to accompany my husband for a second set of ears, etc. He has COPD, lung cancer, neuropathy and I would guess about 10 doctors to see throughout the year, etc. All but one is at the VA hospital which makes it a little easier and they try to schedule same day. Routine xray for his lungs found the aneursym that saved his life! AND - the lung cancer is in remission due to early treatment. Ignoring the need to see a doctor just may not make it go away!
Anyway, hang in there and PLEASE take care of yourself!
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Tried all mesalamines and enemas, Canasa, etc. Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal -hydrocortisone enemas 12 days - much worse.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
Feb. 21 - down to 20 mg. - no blood, no pain, no bad side effects so far. Plan on adding 6MP (or?) at lowest possible prednisone dose.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD