I was diagnosed with moderate pan colitis in Feb. 2020. Started with mesalamine and prednisone. Had first flareup after tapering off prednisone. 10/2020 colonoscopy showed much less inflammation except near “exit”. Dr. forgot they prescribed 8 weeks of budesonide to help with 6-week flare-up.
Dr. insists I need Humira (or Stellara) for life. I started Humira 12/1/2020. Just moving to Medicare so I have to apply every year to Abbvie for free Humira but have to keep income below 77k a year.
After playing “game” of keeping income much lower since Obamacare started, I was hoping to reduce my exposure to some stocks and take some gains. I have severe anxiety, and the cost/future with Humira makes it almost too much to handle.
I don’t even think it works that well. I just had my second 6-week flareup (first on Humira). I still take mesalamine, turmeric and Activia yogurt.
My main question is whether you all think I need to take Humira forever or whether I could do ok with mesalamine or one of those two early pre-mesalamine drugs…something like disodium something or sulfasalazine.
To expand on same question, is purpose of Humira to prevent loss of colon or just to keep UC in remission? I’m considering a second opinion if my GI doctor doesn’t spend more time with me and provide a clear answer. I think he is a good doctor but I also know biologics mean $$ to everyone but the patient. My flareups have been annoying but tolerable since I’m retired and can usually spend at least the mornings at home.
Thanks in advance for any and all advice/opinions. Not willing to just change diet and take natural supplements only, though.
Post Edited (UCNick) : 5/13/2021 9:06:24 PM (GMT-6)