Vanity...can be what has you suffering or not.
I'd rather use the rectal meds than be in agony...sheesh, I had to ask my husband to help me with the first one.
20 years later tells me they work...a slow simmer of inflammation and some discomfort might not be bad enough for you to detect as an actual flare....I would suggest you swallow your pride, be honest and do what you need to do in order to keep your flare under control.
In saying that...5ASA meds don't work for everyone...but if it works for you, small price to pay in the long-run.
Keep us posted as to how you're doing...
most of us has gone without meds for a while hoping to not have to do them...
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec 2 or 3 + 1 or 2 Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls @ bedtime
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); 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 !!!