I see my G.I. Friday and the next move is Remicade infusions. I am gun shy as before (with another G.I.) I went on 6mp and came within an inch of my life of being sent to ER for big time pancreatitis. After doing some serious research on Remicade as well as J-Pouch surgery, I cannot find any reason as to not go forward with surgery. If remicade works, there will also be serious potential rammifications of long term usage. The Doc says I have to completely come off of Preds, which I understand......but it seems like I'm just trading in one drug problem for another.
Can anyone offer any comments on this debate? Cut to the chase rather than use Remicade EVEN if it does clear up the UC problems or try the remicade? Ultimately, it is my decision, but I'd like to know from people who have been in this situation before.
UC for 2 years
Currently on 6 mgs of prednisone daily with disease under control