Hi Kris - welcome as well. I'm fairly new here. I found this forum around the time my husband was admitted to the hospital on Mothers' Day with a really bad painful flare. He seems to be heading towards a remission but still has a ways to go but it is looking much better than it was for quite awhile.
I am no expert - I have been "going to school" here getting alot of very helpful and useful information to use in conjunction with his ongoing care.
We head to the Mayo Clinic tomorrow to hopefully get some additional information, 2nd opinion, validation of what he is currently on for meds, get some answers to various things I have for questions from here and see if there is something new or improved they can come up with for him.
At first there was so much info I was reading here and forgetting most of what I read. I started taking notes and putting them in order for their subject matter. Important threads I would cut and paste and put in a word format and print off and categorize. I know alot of the info is out there in other formats but I find there is so much more here with the way people respond to various questions.
Seeing the various diagnosis and the medications members of this forum have in their signature line also helps when you have specific questions you might want to ask another person.
Hopefully this will be a good resource for you and you will find some help here.
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