Numb....Hope the cortenema helps....are you still tapering the pred?
One a day imodium shouldn't have any ill effects....some take high dosages and NO meds..not good...you're on meds.
I would say IBS is what most of us have with UC...hard to distinguish symptoms sometimes....but the fact that you're going sooooo often with severe urgency spells f-l-a-r-e!
Hang tough...your butt will get a bit of a break. Try not to excede the dosage the doc gave you....and once you start improving from the meds, try to maybe not take the imodium as often so that you see where exactly your meds have taken you.
I think an antispasmodic would be a good choice for you to request from the doc when you see him next.
Imodium can be a perfect addition to one's med regimen....but it's not something that should be used constantly when flaring. I think it gives a false sense of "doing better".
Fibre supplements would bulk up the stool and slow down the bms especially once your rectal inflammation gets controlled.
It's a fine act of juggling meds/supplements that you'll eventually figure out.
Keep us posted as to how you're doing.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!