Uceris, solumedrol, and prednisone are also known as glucocorticoids due to their remarkable ability to cause our blood sugar to spike to very high levels of sugar (glucose). Having high levels of sugar within us for long periods of time can damage our pancreas's ability to produce insulin which normally regulates our blood sugar levels. That results in type ii diabetes and other blood sugar management problems.
Everyone has a very different path with their UC treatment, some have a very mild case that enables them to maintain on just the mild mesalamines for decades, some need stronger meds. Some have a leisurely climb up the medication ladder over a series of years, others rush up that ladder at a fireman's pace, and some don't respond to any uc treatment and surgery quickly finds them. There's absolutely no knowing what you'll ultimately need to control your UC or how fast you'll go up the ladder. UC prognosis can be very unpredictable, especially within the first 5 years after diagnosis.
A single day's worth of diarrhea is nothing to worry about
. If our symptoms are consistently and persistently worse for 4-5 days then contact your gasteroenterologist. You always want a stool test to rule out possible pathogenic causes to your worsened symptoms like c diff. Your doctor might want to see what's going on with a flexible- sigmodscopy with biopsies. Stronger meds might be discussed.
Any signs of blood? Flares usually involve blood on tp when wiping? We can get salmonella or food poisoning like anyone else can...
Nobody really knows what causes UC or what out bodies are doing or why. Uc is either autoimmune or at least an immune deficiency. Our inmune system is attacking something endlessly, some say it might be a hyper-sensativity to a common bacteria, or perhaps a Johne's disease-like tuberculosis bacteria (like in cattle) that's antibiotic-resistent and immune-resistent and we can't eliminate it on our own. Regardless, our WBC are elevated as our immune system is attacking something...
Moderator Ulcerative Colitis
John, 38, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; 50mgs 6MP, 4.8g Mesalamine DRUC urgency, there's just no prize for second place. Aim for the gold or brace for a poopslposion.
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