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   Posted 11/13/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
so if these ultimately work out for you how long do they typically take to make things normal again? i've been doing two of the liquid hydrocort enemas daily (one a.m. and one p.m.) and doing one canasa midday for a week now. i've gone down from 7-8 bms a day to 2-4 but i'm still getting blood. is blood just the last to go? thanks everyone!
Proctosigmoiditis up to 25 cm
Colazal 3 caps 3 times a day
Hydrocortisone enemas AM and PM for next two weeks
Canasa suppository for lunch (for my butt)
Rowasa enemas nightly after hydrocort enema regimen is completed
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   Posted 11/13/2008 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Bleeding was always the last to go for me and depending on how badly I was flaring, it would take anywhere from a few days to a month before the bleeding subsided on the steroid enemas.
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   Posted 11/14/2008 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   

It was the last to go for me, too, maybe even a month into using them, sometimes twice a day.  I haven't really seen and blood in a month, I feel close to remission and have been working at tapering them to every other or third day. 

For me, most everything I've tried has taken much longer to produce good results than I expected.  Add patience to one of the many things I'm learning from UC.



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asacol 3 3x a day, cortenema (generic) every third night rowasa
culturelle, benefiber wafers metamucil wafers, activia yogurt, spinach & sunflower diet, primadophilus reuteri, Centrum, Vitamin E 400 mg
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   Posted 11/14/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
     Bleeding was the last thing to go for me too.  This last flare lasted from beginning of April through beginning of October.  Took my last dose of prednisone two weeks ago.  That is usually my limit before flaring...two weeks off.  Keeping my fingers crossed I can stay in remission this time.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 11/15/2008 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Remember that once the bleeding stops, the rest of the lining has to heal....bleeding means it's most fragile, but inflammation comes in stages and heals in stages.

I don't think you're doing the enemas in excess...once a night would suffice and use the Canasa in the morning.

I would also suggest you not take the fish oil daily...maybe every second or third day....until the bleeding stops...at least see if it makes an improvement.

Hang tough...it takes a while for it all to calm down..

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