Ha! I remember the hydrocortisone enemas! The very first one? I was able to hold that one in for 5 min. EVERY enema after that? Maybe, MAYBE, 30 seconds. I was so inflamed that if anything was in there, my rectum was saying "Out! Out rrriiight NOW!" and I had to obey. There was NO overriding that urge. Period. When I tried to tell my Dr, I wanted to just slap the 'incredulous' look off his face because it was like he didn't believe me. Yeah...I CANNOT hold it in. My body will NOT let me. Lets move on, give me something else because the enemas will NOT work for me.
Now, on a good note...well, a different note, anyway...
I have found another use for those hydrocortisone enemas... I use them to help heal wounds! Of course, you use a fresh enema bottle that has not seen your bottom, and I put a bit on the band-aid pad and slap it on the wound. They heal quickly and with little trouble. I have also used them on a wound my horse got on her leg. Put some of the hydrocortisone enema solution on a non-stick pad placed over her wound and tape/wrap in place. Healed without a scar. I also used some tonight for a cut my husband got on his back from standing up too soon under a piece of equipment at work.
At first, it took some convincing to get him to use it for wounds. Actually, I would not let him see what I was putting on the bandages. When they were healing fast and great, he asked and I finally told him what I was using. After the initial 'knee-jerk gross out reaction' he is now an advocate and *asks* for the solution for his bandaging of wounds.
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry......I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC. No remission. No improvement with Remicade. 5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon. Dx changed to Crohn's. Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP. Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections. Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX. Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.