Welcome to HealingWell, So Confused.
I'm also not a believer in alternative medicine, but there are many here who do feel it helps them. If you're willing to tolerate the symptoms, it probably won't do any permanent damage to give them a try.
I've been on Remicade for three years and in remission for three years. I've had no problems with it, and no sign of it becoming any less effective. As with all the other drugs we take (I've taken just about
all of them) it works better for some than others. In the three years, I've seen one person have an adverse reaction, consisting of shortness of breath and flushing. They stopped the infusion and gave her IV steroids for a short time and she was fine.
I was also steroid dependent and have had really grim side effects. Don't bank to strongly on the bone density; four months after my normal bone density exam, I had a pathological fracture of my left lower leg due to osteoporosis, and a year later I was diagnosed with avascular necrosis. It's really in your best interest to get off the steroids, whichever way you go.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
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