Gosh, Levi, I don't know.
The doc might bring it up, and I would think you'd have every right to either accept or veto the suggestion. Or ask to think about
My history, in regard to my not being on immunos:
My first GI, who dxed me and worked with me for 23 years, pushed 6-MP for me about
10-12 years ago.... and I said I wasn't ready and he dropped it more or less.
The GI I saw a few times while doc shopping 1 1/2 years ago really promoted some kind of 6-MP, thought that would be just the thing for me. For other reasons (distance) I didn't stay with her.
My new GI, with whom I've been for about
a year, mentioned it at my first visit, and I told him I wanted to experiment with different 5-ASA formulations before I went that route, and he said he respected that - then, after scoping me, he said I was in pretty good shape for the extent and duration of my disease..... and here I am.
I've been on steroid enemas - I'd guess one flare per year, maybe? - for all these years.
None of my flares have been debilitating (probably because of all the Asacol I ingest.). Uncomfortable, but not life-changing.
Would I be better off just doing immunos? I'm beginning to think so..... but on the other hand, I've bought a lot of time before starting to climb the med ladder.
In summary (this is about
you, not about
me) I have been lucky enough to find doctors who will take my feelings and opinions into account. So, when you have your appt., be prepared for what might be suggested - but you can always ask to take time to think things over, see if Doc will brainstorm other options with you....
In the meantime maybe that Apriso will kick in. Sending vibes your way.......
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Age 54. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Prednisone 2 years! 86-88
Now:Asacol - 16 pills/day, Cortenemas
Metamucil - 2 doses/day since '86
VSL#3DS, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
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Son, 17, dx pancolitis 2007, in remission