Really???? The GI told you that a flare doesn't come w/periods? Let me tell you, I always flare during my period, even if it's a mini flare, it's still there. I consulted w/my OBGYN about
this once and she explained, in a very scientific way (and why I can't be specific), that the digestive tract directly affects the reproductive organs and visa versa. The worse time of the month for me is period time--I have even contemplated a hysterectomy, but OBGYN didn't think removing the ovaries was a good idea--I just read a research article last week that stated that women who have their ovaries removed before menopause have a high risk of dementia, something about
the termination of needed estrogen. As far as Prednisone goes, I take it when the benefits outway the negative--for me, can't stop going to the bathroom, I mean bad, can't control the bleeding for an extended period of time, you get the point. You know Protofoam works for me, its an anal steroid, was told has no long-term systemic side effects. How about
good ol Rowasa enemas?
Dx Ulcerative Colitis 1999; IBS; CP: Asacol x3 x3/day, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Prilosec, Bentyl, Prozac, Endocet (as needed), multi vit, probiotic, fish oil caps x2/day, calcium 1200 mg./day, Prednisone (off/on, unfortunately).