Hi Susie...I'm happy to hear you're in a safe place with people who support you....
Sores on the outside wouldn't be UC related I don't think..external hemmies don't bleed apparently, but could it be internal hemmies extended out from the anus?
Could you also have a fissure or two plus external hemmies?
Are you sure the bleeding is coming from the outside?
Are you using the Rowasa at this time? If you use the Canasa in the morning and the Rowasa at night, it will help your flare. Externally, however, products such as Proctocedyl work well and in conjunction with the UC rectal meds, it should ease some of the symptoms until you get the flare under control.
Once the external hemmies start...yeowch!!!
If it's any consolation, my external hemmies have "reared" as of a week ago (but I just started using the protocedyl yesterday) and excess gas that is definitely causing pressure on them quite noticably today. It's been a tough month for me more physically (and in turn emotionally) and I'm hoping (although suspecting otherwise) that these aren't the beginning of a flare for me.
I would still suggest you see the doc for a look-see. I might just be following suit if things don't improve over the week.
Keep us updated as to what's going on.
*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 !!!