Paul

UC patient since 2002.

Methotrexate Update

Well, this month marks my 10th anniversary since my first flare-up of pan colitis.  I remember how scary that was – not knowing what was wrong.  It’s hard to believe that it’s now 10 years later and I am about to take my 24th and final dose of methotrexate this week and I have to say that it has really helped my UC. I began back… Read More »Methotrexate Update

Trying Methotrexate for UC

Well, I’ve had two colonoscopy exams this year and they are still showing mild to moderate UC up to about 25cm. I have been getting remicade infusions for four years now so my Doc decided to send me up to the Melissa L Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver disease at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD. I went and had a good discussion with… Read More »Trying Methotrexate for UC

Ready for Remicade?

This Friday morning I am scheduled for my every 8 week Remicade treatment. Remicade aka infliximab is a immune modulator that is used to treat Crohn’s and Ulceratice colitis as well as many other types of auto-immune diseases. It is a humanized monoclonal antibody for TNF alpha made from mouse protein. TNF alpha is part of the body’s immune response system that causes inflammation. So,… Read More »Ready for Remicade?

6-MP? Not for me…

Back in 2007 I was in the middle of roller coaster rides of flare ups followed by brief periods where things were going ok. I had recently been diagnosed with osteoperosis – softening of the bones. Osteoperosis is associated with ulcerative colitis among other things probably due to mal-absorption of minerals along with treatment with steroids. The Dr. advised me that he wasn’t going to… Read More »6-MP? Not for me…

On the Road Again….

Well, here I am on another business trip. Back before I had UC, I loved to travel, see new places and try out new foods. Once I got sick, travel kind of became a source of anxiety even if it was just a day trip. Heck, when things were real bad, just taking my kids to the school bus stop or just simply driving to… Read More »On the Road Again….