Yes, it sucks indeed.
Were you still on the suppositories? and taking the Colazal daily?
I don't know how distressed you might be during the holiday season, but sometimes the symptoms we don't recognise are ones we tend to ignore.
I flare wouldn't happen overnight....
It's possible that some preparations in some vitamins may increase the immune system. That, plus if you were exercising in an extreme sense might have triggered some response.
I had 3 colds since the end of October...plus back probems, etc (which is a norm for me)....but I was taking Cold-FX and echinacea...plus being super busy with clients and the stress of Christmas..had me in a flare. Very slight, but I did bleed a tiny bit..I was totally humbled and horrified because basically...I don't bleed during flares since forever.
Although the bleeding went after a few days starting the rectal meds nightly and I've tapered quite quickly...I think realising how much a reved up immune system can do is something that's subjective, but still a valid issue in dealing with our own flares.
You have diarrhea...that could mean you also have IBS...but if it's continual with urgency and bleeding in the mix...it's probably a flare that's a bit higher than just the rectum.
I would suggest that it's possible the suppositories aren't enough and you should consider to ask for the retention enemas. At best with the suppositories..you could stack them..inserting one after the other.
Vent away....it all sucks flaring...although, I'd rather a flare than a cold. Clearly, I know what to do for a flare better than a cold..lol!
Hope you feel better soon!
*Heather* Status..Asacol (3 twice daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite/ Jan 13
~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 !!!