Hello all, just introducing myself. I've been lurking a bit, and it seems like you've got a good thing going here. So, a bit about me:
I was diagnosed back in 2006, I had a fairly quick remission with Asacol, but have had flare-ups since them. I'm in the middle of one that's been going on for about six months. Having colitis, of course, sucks. But I get along fairly well as I work from home and don't have a very severe case.
What I'm mostly concerned about are the costs. I have a $400 a month prescription drug habit, and no end to that in sight. It's my second biggest expense, and that's no good for my family. I was diagnosed while in school. Once I graduated, I lost the insurance, of course. Then I tried to go get other insurance but, since I had UC, I was rejected by all of the major providers. I'm now on the state's catastrophic insurance program, but this obviously doesn't cover prescription drugs.
If anyone could point me to threads on getting asacol for cheaper, that would rock. If people have had luck with particular Canadian pharmacies, I (and my wife) would thank you very much for your advice.
I'm also interested to hear about people's experience with diet. I know there has to be a connection there, and I've seen it myself. The one really weird reaction I have is beer (which I love) and makes my colits HORRIBLE. Like, don't leave the house for a few days horrible. So I'm completely off beer. Vodka soda, though, treats me fine. Weird.
Anyway, no caffeine (rare exceptions), no seeds, no raw fruits for veg, and probiotics...that's what I do. But this flare up has been going on for a long time, and I'm ready to try something new. I'll be looking around, but, again, if there are any suggestible threads, I'd love to see them (the search function kinda sucks here.)
Thank you all so much for coming together in this place.
29 - Male - Montana
Diagnosed left-sided UC 2006
Present medication - 3x3 Asacol - 1x Canasa when things are going extra poorly - Imodium for confidence - acidophilus
Insurance - The kind the Montana gives you when you get rejected by the private jerks enough times. Allergic to sulfa, so I'm stuck with a $400 a month drug bill
Diet - No Beer :-(. Everything except raw fruits / veg and anything with seeds.
BTW? Why do they even put sesame seeds on hamburgers, it's the meanest thing ever.