Canasa and cortifoam are not even close to the same thing. I'm shocked a GI nurse would tell you that, she needs to check her references! Canasa is Mesalamine, the same drug that's in Asacol. It's in the 5-ASA family. Cortifoam is a steroid foam. Like oral Prednisone, it can offer quick relief from the inflammation and resulting pain.
I'm very familiar with the pain your mother is having. Sometimes I used to not be able to sit up or lie on my back because it hurt too much. I'd suggest trying again to get a script
for Cortifoam - maybe talk to the doctor, not the nurse who is obviously useless. The Cortifoam usually will ease the pain and pressure quickly - within a day for some, within a few days for others. Once the pain is decreased, then add in the Canasa - maybe Cortifoam in the morning and Canasa in the evening, or the other way around.
The pain and pressure is definitely a sign of proctitis, or inflammation of the rectum. Medications taken orally don't reach that area very effectively, and that's why rectal medications can help.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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