Hi.....I had severe symptoms without bleeding about
2 and 1/2 years before diagnosis...I do wish my doc sent me to a specialist then. After diagnosis, I only bled for the first 3 years with flares and most of them I did have bleeding, but eventually the symptoms got more obvious earlier and I treated earlier with the rectal meds.
I hadn't bled in over 15 years until last summer when I had stopped using the estrogen patch (hysterectomy). Wrongo decision..ugh! Anyway, the flare quickly got under control and I've stayed with the patches. What a wonderful summer compared to last year..lol!
I do attribute it to the consistent use of meds and treating earlier and earlier.....
*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 !!!