Hi weyakwin.... I, too, was put on an IV with pred for a couple days in the hospital last summer. By that point I had already lost 30 lbs and was barely eating anything. I wasn't responding to pred orally and I had hit rock bottom. In the hopsital I started feeling better, but as soon as I went home and was taking pred orally again, I declined again. So my dr started me on Remicade.
Remicade has been my miracle drug!! I felt a million times better in a matter of less than 24 hours. I still had to taper off of pred, but now I only take Lialda and I get Remicade infusions every 8 weeks. I am not in full remission though, but my symptoms are tollerable and manageble. We just increased the dosage of Remicade though, so we'll see if I can finally get into remission fully.
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda ( 2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C,
Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet.