I am not Christine - however, we have decided we have similar conditions/problems also. I am 69. The only thing is that I cannot tolerate mesalamines - tried Asacol, LIalda and Colozal but not at high enough doses to help I get flu-like side effects so had to quit.
I went on prednisone in February and it almost got me into remission (seemed to be when starting anyway). My doctor put me on 6MP so I could taper the prednisone. Blood tests showed that 50mg. and for a short time 75 mg. was not therapeutic and I get those same side effects so no use taking it.
I went to a new specialist - with 30 years experience - he stopped the 6MP and I am tapering the prednisone (now on 5mg.) and finish in three weeks. He said because of my age he would not consider Remicade or similar - too risky was his words! He said I would have to fight it topically - pushing rectal meds. Now starting tonight Cortifoam (stronger than Proctofoam) followed by a Anusol suppository. This I will do three times a day (as many days as I can -hard when going out for the day). He told me when I get in remission I can decrease the rectal meds gradually!
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Cannot tolerate mesalamines. New specialist (June) - Cortifoam and Anusol three times a day for now. Hope it works!
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