Well we all know that smoking is not good for us and we shouldn't smoke....what a screwy fact that something not good for us could end up being good or helpful with flaring. (But of course it now throws another situation in the mix to worry about
down the road....not sure if it would be worth the overall risk....but tell that to someone looking for some relief of any kind regardless of what it is.....)
I printed off this New UC Treatment info posted above to take to the Mayo Clinic to inquire about. I have so much stuff - I probably will have one heck of a time getting answers/feedback to everything I am bringing with us to the clinic. I know the first appt is for one hour and if more time is needed you see the doctor at the end of the day. I hope I am not expecting too too much. I wish I remembered my shorthand from high school 40 years ago for taking all the notes!!!!
60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 July 07 good days & bad days 75mg Imuran 40 mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg