I've had UC for 10 years, that was completely controlled, I only took Pentesa suppositories the whole time, then this past Nov/Dec had an awful flare and spent over 2 weeks in the hospital, we tried everything including the predisone injections, NOTHING would work...I really worried when they suggested Remicade so quickly too, but I don't think there is many other options out there but surgery. I'd tried all the diet advice as well.
But after 1 infusion started to feel better, and after 2 my colitis is much better, I've had some other problems, that I thought were related to the Remicade, but just found out they aren't -- so I'm keeping on with the Remicade.
Male 38, diagnoised in 1998, first major flare in November 2008, have had 2 remicade infusions
have used pentesa, salofalk pills (mesalamine), and enema's.
Started salofalk again until I can get my next remicade.
currently decreasing predisone, take folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, HMP powder and a multi vitamin