Thanks - I will look into that - he has a special cream that is super expensive Noritate (?) from the dermatologist that was prescribed in conjunction with the antibiotic initially a year ago when it first broke out. Twice he went on the anti biotics and it cleared it up. Now that he is just using the cream and Neutrogena cleansing foam wash....NOTHING. Obviously the anti biotic is what clears it up and not the cream. However it is short lived and comes back so what's the sense using anti biotics that can cause a bigger problem with the UC and good bacteria.
I was hoping it was the prednisone but I think the 150 mg of imuran has really set it off. I don't want to sound vain at all - he has always had such a nice complexion and he has this flushed pimply look and it is a bit disheartening for him. A 61 year old teen ager now...lol.
Again for those not familiar with his story and the agony and hell he was in for over a year like so many who are in that boat now.............I am giving the updates not to gloat but to hopefully give you all some hope too.
In March, Apr and May in particular you could have gone in there and ripped that colon out of him and he wouldn't have care. The trial and error aspect of this illness or whatever you want to call this to find what helps and works for each individual is so frustrating. The not knowing when you do feel well and can function when will it act up again is nerve wracking too.
I truly hope many of you here can have some kind of nice Thanksgiving.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran 15 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X 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)Cortifoam enemas AM & PM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month