well, if you're having solid stool or semi-solid and still bleeding, you're flaring, you should be using rectal meds.
The bleeding could be from a fissure? is it only on the toilet paper or in the toilet and around the stool?
You could try adding a fibre supplement..that will help bulk/soften/fluff the stool and help give it added "slip" for lack of a better word.
A stool softener can work...I used them the first few years after diagnosis...that was until I learned that constipation/hard stools were part of the rectum healing (or first flaring).
The fibre supplement is also good if you're also taking probiotics...makes the gut more "happy and balanced"...lol!
Hope you feel better soon...
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!