Posted 8/28/2019 5:43 PM (GMT -6)
So it's that time again... started flaring in April after 2.5 years of remission bliss. The only med I was taking was imuran 150mg which kept me in sweet sweet remission. A SEVERE flare up back in 2016 landed me in the hospital for a little over a month with nothing helping. Finally the remicade kicked in after multiple loading doses due to 40+ bloody bathroom trips (and plenty of accidents) a day. Lost 75lbs in that time frame... Continued the remicade for 3 more doses and had a reaction so discontinued with no issues and was able to stay healthy. Anyways, i started slipping up with my imuran and taking 50mg a day instead of the 150mg. Everything started going downhill earlier this year with bloody movements without pain. Went to my GI and he started me on canasa, budesonide and switched the imuran to azathioprine (dont know the difference). Still had issues but figured I could manage with those meds. Went for a scope on the 12th of August and of course my whole colon is inflamed and ulcerated again. On 60mg of prednisone, 150mg of azathioprine, 1000mg Canasa twice a day. GI wanted me on 80mg of prednisone but I refused and figured 60mg is far more than enough. It didn't work for me when I was in the hospital. Some days things are okay (3 or 4 dark blood and mucus stools) and others are pretty bad (10 to 15 dark blood and mucus stools and sometimes all liquid blood). So I went back to my GI and now Humira is the plan. Just got the phone call that it has been approved and a nurse will come out to show me how to inject myself. I'm excited to get back into remission but scared to death about the side effects. Seriously contemplating surgery if and when I get healthy. I will be on 3 immune suppressant drugs when I get this Humira and that's what worries me. Does anyone have any experience or insight about that? My GI hasn't discussed anything with me about that. Sorry for the long post!