I had the same GI for about 12 years and recently changed to a specialist in Pittsburgh...he is more aggressive and I am liking him so far. My previous GI would treat me with Asacol and pred only - never tried any of the newer stuff and that finally came to an end. I am hoping for Imuran to work, but if I have to try Remicade I will....other than that, there are no more drugs out there to try....but if they all fail I am going to continue to experiment until I am told I have to have surgery...
It is rough going through your twenties with UC. It is certainly no fun and it interrupts your lifestyle in a big way... this is a great place for support and to find people to talk to, vent, rant, etc.
Stats:35 yr old male. UC for 15 years.
location:North Western PA
DX: Left sided UC, most recent scope 5/20/09 UPMC Pittsburgh Presbeterian
Medications:20mg pred (as of 4/27/09), 12x pills Asacol per day, 100mg Imuran per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, 20mg paxil per day, Super-omega fish oil pills - 1x per day, Flax oil pills - 1x am, 1x pm, Culturelle probiotics - 2x am, 1x pm, Vitamin B-12 injections weekly.
Surgeries: Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (and I am still more afraid of my UC!!)
"I poop in the woods because I can"