Don't be scared nymom. My flare started the end of March last year and steadily worsened. The doctor treated me at home but only started me at 30 mgm of prednisone and it just didn't do the trick. It did, however, raise my blood pressure to alarming limits...210/110. The blood pressure was a significant contributor to my hospitalization. But the UP (I have proctitis) was pretty bad too. I spent ten days in the hospital but the flare lasted seven months. Thank God I am in remission and have been since Nov 1st. I cherish every day. I may add that every time I was weaned off the prednisone within two weeks I was flaring again and it wasn't until the doctor "jump started" the prednisone at 40 mgm with a 10 mgm per week taper that I FINALLY achieved remission. I am on 6MP too.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!! Hope I don't jinx myself. Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks. Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.