shortstuff... I have not had UC a long time - little over a year but would like to tell you my experience.
May, 2008 I was having the UC symptoms - bleeding, cramping, etc. so I went for a colonoscopy and diagnosed with left-sided UC - report says about 30 cm. up the sigmoid left side but mostly proctitis. So, between then and November I used about every mesalamine medications including Colozal, Lialda, enemas, etc. - had to stop each one after short time because of side effects - not worse UC but flu-like symptoms and doctor and I discussed the fact that I could not take ASA's (mesalamines) at all. So, went to just Proctofoam for a while and bleeding got worse so doctor wanted another colonoscopy in November. It showed in those months that the UC had shrunk to mostly rectal area and I was doing good. BUT - then what medication can I use. Tried steroid enemas, etc. but no pills until Feb. when doctor said - I have to go look again and did a sigmoid (that is just first few feet up. AND - the UC had gone back up my left side.
So - I am on prednisone and 6MP. Apparently, although I could not continue the medication it was doing its job and I understand UC starts in the rectum and moves up the colon.
Just my experience. Sure wish I could have continued with a mesalamine because I believe I would be in full remission without taking prednisone.
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Cannot tolerate mesalamines, Canasa, etc. Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred.
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. for two more weeks and then down to 15 mg.etc. Added 6-MP Feb. 28.
Added Anusol suppositories - March 16 - see doc in 3 months.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
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