Hi everyone~ Just got back from my follow-up on my newly diagnosed Crohn's findings from my colonoscopy on 12/21...Been fighting Ulcerative Colitis since 1995, on Asacol on and off and never had a 'flare' like this...I thought I was dying, really! I still feel BAD but I have been on prednisone 40mg in am and Cipro 250mg 2x day, ending yesterday... So I see my gastro, he is exhausted, in scrubs from just coming out of surgery and he knows I have questions...Within minutes, he is grabbing his head saying I am going too fast for him and I am asking way too many questions...CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???? He tells me due to the extent of the disease and that I have not fully stopped bleeding nor has the inflammation in my abdomen gone down like it should after two weeks, he wants to adnit me and do IV steroids along with antibiotics and Azathioprine (Imuran)...If the side effects appear, he can deal with them immediately OR if it's not benefitting enough, he could start REMICADE (at $2,000 a dose!) My husband questions him...Why does my wife have this? What caused it? Why after 10 years she is worse? He SNAPS back, "your wife does not deserve this, she did nothing to cause this, it just happens, it's like diabetes, it just happens"...My husband SNAPS back, diabetes CAN be avoided by proper diet and is not auto-immune like UC/Crohn's...My wife doesn't have diabetes, she has Crohn's...No known cause, no known cure!!! But yet you feel the need to treat her symptoms instead of finding out the reason for the symptoms...SUCH AS MAP BACTERIA, to name one cause... He hesitated before responding "that's an UNPROVEN theory, MAP bacteria is thought to be the cause but they can't prove that, therefore it's not considered in your case"... WHAT????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I asked him why I wasn't tested for bacteria during this colonoscopy but was in 1995, no response... I asked him to request a test for all bacterias including MAP, he replied, "we don't test for MAP in the US"...I asked him again to request a special test for me to put my mind at ease because if in fact it is MAP, I would prefer to use the anti-mycobacterial drug therapies to get the bacteria INSTEAD of using steroids to stop the inflammation and the anti-biotics to stop the infection...Remember, two weeks later they are not working! After 1 hour of a battle of the wills, I retreated with saying this much, I am not going to be admitted, I need to know if it is MAP bacteria or another bacteria and I will begin Azathioprine tomorrow, because that drug is considered a 'disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug', just what I could benefit from...It works by suppressing immune system activity... I told the doc I researched this drug and was going to ask him to prescribe it cause it fits my needs to a TEE... FMS being a rheumatic condition, UC being auto-immune along with FMS, seems like a may have found a winner...He did not however, have the explanation of what class the drug was nor what it was designed to do...I had it written in my notes, he kept coming around and looking at what I had written down and repeating it... I also asked him if he never isolated MAP bacteria, then has he ever used anti-mycobacterial drug therapies for UC/Crohn's remission...He said "NO"... When we were all done I ended up with a script for Azathioprine, a stool culture lab slip (without the MAP of course) tests for liver and cbc to make sure I am okay for these drugs therapies and a comment on how he would look into the anti-mycobacterial drug therapy for me... Interesting huh?! Wanted to pass this experience along just so others may benefit from it as well as ask if anyone knows how I can get tested for MAP bacteria...I have a gut feeling that this is my problem...I only have bowel problems when I live in Maine, I was diagnosed here, moved away and was fine, I come back and here we go again...This is a dairy providing/consuming state and believe you me I was consuming quite a bit just prior to this flare... I would rather get to the bottom of this and fix it if it means FIXING my diet and curing this disease... Any replies would be welcome and esp any info on where to get MAP bacteria info from, my hubby thinks we are onto something and they are hiding something...Nothing new!!! Thanks for reading everyone...I have been so darn sick but trying to go on like only we do/can until I find the answers...Remember, I am sick enough to admit to the hospital but not to test for a bacteria that could be causing me to be this sick...Somethings wrong here... Have a nice peaceful night, I am going to try and sleep and my hubby is helping me start this new battle to find a cure for me tomorrow morning...Wish US luck... PS, My hubby got a taste of what we go through with these dd's...I have kept this from him cause of the stress it causes and he has epilepsy so I can't put this on him (that's why I won't go into the hospital, noone to watch him)but he is now convinced I am being 'bulldozed'...I told him, together we can conquer anything, 20 years of marriage proves that...So here we go!