Who is your doctor? You need only use first and last initial of the name if you're not comfortable of using the full name.
I'm from Winnipeg as well..glad you found HW.
Regarding the meds, your doc should probably have put you on the enemas or have you use the suppositories twice daily..but you mention you didn't use them regularly..you should have.
At least you're more compliant with the Cortifoam....
What is the measure/extent of the inflammation? You were diagnosed 7 months ago with not much progress....could have probably been because you didn't use the meds as required. I can understand, however, regarding the suppositories...I hate using them because they leak!
You really should be on both oral and rectal 5ASA meds..the retention enemas (Salofalk) are of a much higher dosage and work well (for me for 20 years) ....but if you're liking the Cortifoam, you should still also be on the oral med of Asacol or Pentasa...
For your stomach, you could try taking Zantac twice daily (I started out with the 75mg and then to the 150mg. You can get them at any pharmacy departments).....I used to get terrible stomach aches which were soothed by taking baking soda in water. Hmmmm...not until I had reflux induced laryngitis did I start taking Zantac. My stomach issues aren't any where as often...but I don't take the Zantac regularly..only as needed.
You should still consider taking probiotics. I really like the Natural Factors Protec. I take them at night on an empty stomach. I keep going back to them as one that totally agrees with me. I do add others, but the Protec is my staple.
Metamucil Orange Smooth is a good fibre supplement to take....I take it after supper to bulk up my stool. As well, it helps to soften a constipated stool...easier on an inflamed butt.
Regarding waiting for your doc....hang tough. You only have two more weeks..and we all know how fast that can go at the beginning of the year!
Make a list of questions and possible meds to help with discomfort...I suggest Bentylol (antispasmodic).
What does your daily diet consist of? What for breakfast/lunch/supper/snacks/drinks..etc. We can make some suggestions regarding possible comfort change.
Hope you're enjoying the weather...too bad it's snowing again!
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, enemas nightly (sigh!!)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (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 !!!