Hi all, I'm an American who's been lurking here since my BD flared up again over a year ago after a nice long time in remission.
I'd been diagnosed as a kid so I just needed someone to help me manage things. The past year has been several months of Prednisone, several failed drugs, Imuran keeping things tolerable but NOT good, all while I visited my rheumatologist and several other doctors trying to sort things out.
Finally I put myself on the autoimmune protocol diet, which helped immensely. This book was at my public library and helped me make sense of the lifestyle changes that can help manage inflammation.
After that success I just kept Googling until I found a functional medicine practitioner who's covered by my insurance. She took me off hormonal BC. I tried Nuva Ring, but that made genital symptoms worse—but after stopping everything, all my symptoms were nearly gone within a week.
Once my hormones have had a few months to balance I will try going off Imuran, as it seems it works better to support my body with supplements and lifestyle than to hamper it with drugs!