Hi FairyGen..welcome to the forum!
It's difficult to say what meds you will agree with...it's possible the 5-ASA meds would agree with you fully compared to the immunosuppressant/biologic meds.
That being said, because you have other possible allergies, the immunosuppressants might be your best bet.
I think you should, however, request from your GI or GP to send you to an allergist to have testing done...that might help get some of your issues cleared up regarding foods and environmental allergens or sensitivities.
If you were to consider the 5-ASA meds, starting the oral one at a lower dosage and increase can eliminate some side effects that mimic UC (yeah, weird)...and with the rectal one, you could start with the 2g dosage of retention enema.
You're definitely in a tough place considering you have lots going on. Do ask the GI to do the appropriate blood tests, liver panel blood tests, etc since if some of them are increase, that could lead you to other issues that might be going on that you hadnt considered.
Please keep us posted as to how the appointment goes with the new GI.
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!