Just my 2 cents worth....
I am new to this sight and I have a post close to the top about
the same thing....Starting Pred.
I was quite leary about
starting Pred. because of all the scary stuff I was reading, but as you know the quality of life just plain ol sucks. So after talking with my dietition, naturalpath and another doctor, they all recommended I take a medium dose for 2 weeks and see how that goes. I have been on it now for 4 days and so far Ive been a little tired, maybe a little irritable (i think from being sick and tired) a little heart burn and thats it so far. So far, I do believe I am starting to see something happening, the urgencies and blood have slowed and I have times were I actually feel good. So I believe things are working the way they should.
Just remember "OPINIONS ARE LIKE BUTT HOLES....EVERYBODY HAS ONE" (thats suppose to be funny, not bashing anyone :) but you also have to remember that everyone is different and will react differently to a medication. You have the last say of what goes into your body and how long you are willing to take it. I personally would tell you GI that you will try it for no more than 2 weeks and then get off. Thats what Im doing.
Now regarding Pro Biotics......I was just talking with my dietition this morning and she has come up with 2 Pro Biotics that have been tested for the affectivness for UC and these 2 have proven to help prolong remission in UC suffurers........VSL #3 ( 1 - 2pak / day) and FLORASTOR ( 2 / day) Now I know nothing about
these exept what I just told you now because I just learned about
these this morning. So if anyone has any more information about
these please share.
I also talked with my dietition regarding going with my naturalpath for more help and she recommended sticking with the doctors approach and diet until we get a handle on it, then let the naturalpath help out with the food sensitivities and other stuff to help stay in remission. That was just her opinion.
I hope this helps, It can get a little scary when you start getting flooded with all these different stories.
Just diagnosed Aug. 14/07
Asacol 2 x 4 (5-Aminosalicylic Acid 400mg)