that's great you are seeking help for him. I've noticed stress adds to the possibility/severity of a flare. Maybe the new job/wedding planning is taking a toll? Simple things like meditation/yoga/working out/enough hours of sleep make all the difference for me. It's also helped me to share my "disease" with close friends/colleagues, it took me years to finally
open up, but once I did people are a lot more understanding.
Have you thought about
a second GI opinion? Has he called his current Dr/Nurse to let them know he is still going xx times to the bathroom? I'm learning a lot of this disease is mental. Two particular flares I had(one was a switch from Asacol to Colazol) and one was when I was put on Prednisone. It was I think a week or so and I was still feeling crapty(pun intended!), I called the Dr to let them know that it wasn't working. viola. that day I started to feel better. amazing.
Has he changed his diet? I know when I am in flare I HAVE to change my diet, low residue/low fiber diet helped the best for me. The only thing I could keep down was bland white rice and good sashimi. Check what you can/can not eat on this diet and try it out. A good GI should also have a suggestion. I've encountered GI's that say food does not have an affect on UC. How can someone say that when most(every?) patient says otherwise.
btw, how much prednisone is he on? Although I didn not like the side affects, once I hit 60mg/day, things did finally take a huge turn for the better.
Hope things start to improv soon, I know they will. This may sounds silly, but watching comedy movies also help me when I am feeling down.
Blogging my experience With UC. We're in it together..http://lifewithcolitis.blogspot.com/
2000 - Ulcerative Colitis-Proctitis
-> Lialda 4x/day
Rowasa/Canasa when bad/flare
12-14-2010 - Following strict TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine) diet and teas.
Post Edited (beachlife) : 1/14/2011 7:18:02 PM (GMT-7)