I'm looking for everyone's opinion. I finally tapered off prednisone (varying doses since april 07) last month. It's been almost 5 weeks now with no issues (crossed-fingers!) except gaining weight has been slow. I want to add 10lbs (5'9" 155lb this morning).
I saw my GI yesterday and he wants to do another colonoscopy. My last one was August 08 when I was down to 5mg Pred. The procedure triggered a flare that I could not get under control until bumped up to 40mg of pred. I could not taper below 20, without returning symptoms, until my Humira was bumped up to weekly injections. Humira has been great.
Anyway, I do not want to upset things down there and do not want to have the colonoscopy. The GI disagrees. Would you have the procedure? Also, I'm in the Army and will moving to San Antonio at the end of June which means a new GI doctor. Chances are the new GI will want to take a look.
UC since April 2006; first flare May 2007, hospitalized 28 days.
Remicade infusion brought symptoms under control, but caught MRSA infection from PICC line.
2nd Remicade at 14 weeks, severe reaction, no more Remicade.
tapering prednisone (10mg/day down from 60), started taper 4/10/08 (2.5mg every two weeks)
Flared at 5mg, bumped back up to 40mg for 6 weeks on 7/26, tapering again 5mg every two weeks, (25mg for last week)
Will probably be starting 6MP soon
Humira - 1 shot every two weeks (since December 2007)
Calcium - 2x per day