My name is Jason. I am 23 years old from NJ. Last year I was diagnosed with UC after having the classic symptoms. I was in my last year of college and it really sucked but I didn’t let it screw me up and I graduated and just landed a great job :)
Some more about me:
I like going to the beach, playing/listening to music, snowboarding, working out and socializing with friends. I am known for doing really funny accents and speaking a lot of languages. Every time my family gets together my sister makes me do all of my funny accents/characters that I have created from meeting a lot of international people. I never insult anyone’s culture, I just enjoy impersonating accents like on SNL, MADtv, and those comedy central shows. I also enjoy cooking and eating nice food and ulcerative colitis really hasn’t stopped me from that. I’m a pretty easy going guy, smart when I want to be and very caring for others (sometimes too much). That’s me in a nutshell.
I’m currently in remission.
Getting of 6MP?
When I was diagnosed last year, I was given asacol HD at its max dose of 2 pills 3x daily. That didn’t do a thing for me and I felt dizzy and had bad headaches so the doctor told me that I would have to take prednisone so I started at 20mg and it didn’t really work right away so after a week the doc increased my dosage to 40mg. I was on 40mg for a couple of months and that got me having normal poop again and it felt amazing. (No lie, I actually called my gf to tell her I had a solid sh*t and was almost crying from joy). Anyway, Getting off of prednisone sucked a lot even though I followed the taper instructions from my doc….I had terrible headaches and just felt really tired from getting off the steroids. Shortly after starting my prednisone my GI doc put me on 75 mg of 6MP so that when I weaned of the prednisone I had something to back me up plus I was also taking asacol at its max dose at the time. A few months ago I stopped asac ol completely because I felt it just made me dizzy and gave me headaches. my GI had given me permission to reduce the dose until i wasn’t on it anymore. So, currently i’m taking just 75mg of 6MP and I really don’t like how serious of a drug this is. I really want to see a homeopathic doctor and my family is on my case about it, too.
Here’s my question:
Has anyone here successfully gotten off of 6mp and went all natural? If so, how did you go about it and how did it work out for you? In addition, what are you currently taking?
I spoke to my GI about it and he immediately shut me down and said I have to stay on the 6mp. I really don’t have side effects from the 6mp and I have been flare-free for a year now, I just don’t want to have any problems down the road with my health and i’d love to go natural.
I’ve heard of a lot of natural remedies that could keep me in remission, but am a little scared of taking the risk of having another flare up. I just started my new job and don’t want to have to run to the bathroom 10 times a day.
I would appreciate any guidance, feedback, opinions, etc.
Thank you in advance for your comments and have a great day!!
currently on 6mp. want to get off of it asap!
written by Jason
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