Hi songlady! Welcome to HealingWell!
I was nervous about
starting Imuran a few years ago. I ended up doing lots of research and finally decided to go for it! I have found that I actually get sick LESS often or for a shorter duration than others because my guts (the main defense in your body besides your skin) were functioning better. I do also make sure to wash my hands very well and stay clear of people who are sick.
My doctor monitors my blood work - which I have done every three months - for any abnormalities. I feel that I am better looked after than many "well" people.
I also like probiotics and do best on Culturelle or Florastor. My doc mentioned taking them about
a year ago and I was able to say "I've been taking them for a long time."
I hope you find something to get you into remission! Good luck with the new GI :)
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Lialda 4 per day, Azathioprine 50mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia, Fibercon, and Culturelle
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08: Next infusion: August 19
Last Prednisone dose: 7/15/08 (Hooray! I made it a year!)