Cassy, the rectal meds that help with UC are actually the same drugs we take orally - mesalamine and steroids. They aren't available OTC.
It sounds as if your husband has pretty much been through the gamut of medical treatments with no relief. I'm sorry to have to say this, but it may be time for him to consult with a surgeon and explore that avenue. I know he wants to get back to his work and his life, and that could be the way.
Whatever course you choose, I hope he's soon getting better.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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Posted 8/3/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -7)
I'm from Seattle as well. Try calling the new dr's office and explain the symptoms to the new dr. They may be able to call in a prescription for Canasa to the local pharmacy for you for the next few days. For me, Canasa seems to work ok. I can't handle Rowasa (the enema) I just blow it out. But again, talk to the nurse at the GI and see what they can do.
I was in a bad way before I went to my GI for the first time (a different doc did the colonoscopy). I called the oncall dr because I was in bad shape. He called in some stuff for me. So it can be done around here.
When I change meds, I go into a world of hurt for a few days. It takes my body a while to adjust.
I work about 6 blocks from Virginia Mason. From what I understand, they do have an excellent GI department. For now, I go to Seattle Gastroenterology associates which are associated with Northwest Hospital (and Swedish hospital).
Oh yeah...one other thing. Pain pills give me severe constipation. Then I try harder to poop and I push more, a LOT more. So I end up bleeding more, have more irritation and urgency, etc. You might want to call in to see if they can prescribe xanax or something to help him sleep more. I found that if I sleep more, I don't poop as much. Granted, I'm not productive, but at least I'm not pooping every 10 minutes and the pain goes away a little more.
location: Seattle, Wa
currently in small flare, tail end of colon
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Asacol 3 pills 3 x/day,
Cortifoam at bedtime
Supplements: vitamins, probiotics
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis
Posted 8/3/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)
This is Concerned Wife WA. We are now back in the hospital. I couldn't seem to log on from here with my other username??? Anyway. We are now in Virginia Mason, made the drive up here from Raymond hoping this will be better. They seem to really be on the ball here with GI stuff so I am feeling hopefully optimistic they might somehow get this under control for him. Spent last night on watch for having to do emergency surgery and he seems to be out of the woods for that. Will have to wait and see what they can do. Will keep you informed.
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