Hi..If you're not on any rectal meds, maybe you should consider them for your UC.
Welcome to the forum, by the way.....where in the colon is your UC (limited or throughout) and what meds are you on?
I have external hemorrhoids and do notice that if I don't deal with them, they can cause me grief in the way that they connect somehow to inflammation leading to a flare. Could be that they, themselves, are a result of pushing (which I do sometimes depending on what I eat)....or the symptoms of an early flare...but not always. I don't seem to get them while I'm flaring...only before. Strange, but it could have something to do with using rectal meds and that helps the hemorrhoids as well.
I support using suppositories (big-time) to help with inflammation and external creams to help keep the external anal inflammation down....
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th 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 ....zymactive 3 - 5x 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 !!!