Hi..I don't have any experience with the hydrocortisone enemas, and even though I do get good results with the 5ASA enemas...it still takes a few days to a week before I feel good.
Remember my flares are very mild.
I did flare at Christmas...even a tad of bleeding which horrified me.
The enemas helped within a few days..no bleeding, and I started tapering after 2 weeks. I got down to every third night starting Jan 13 (fast taper), but as of Wednesday, I had urgency and increase of bms. Even a bit of discomfort with a few bms and last night EXTREME nausea.
Last night, the decision to go back to nightly enemas was made. Today, still urgency and lower gut discomfort and nausea.
I might add that I've had extreme lower back pain and discomfort for the past 2 weeks, over and above my norm. The distress of it has been a constant. I also have other health issues that have concerned me...and I'm rather ticked allowing it all to flow today into a pity party.
I have some comfort from knowing what I can do about
the flare, and I know that it'll take about
a week to start to feel more normal/control.
It'll give me the breather to start to deal with the other stuff.
My point...hmmm...it seems to be a trade-off....and your issues health-wise or personal-wise will possibly indirectly affect your flares on a continual basis if they're not controlled as of yet..
If you're compromised in what meds you can take and how you take them, it possibly might affect your healing.
Can you take the enemas nightly and do a suppository in the day?
If you can't do the enemas in the way to get the full amount of fluid, maybe using cortifoam would be a next best choice? It has more med % than the proctofoam.
Sorry to bring my crappola into this. I'm hoping you're able to turn the corner and start to feel better soon.
*Heather* Status..Asacol (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite..back to nightly (Jan 22)..tapered too fast
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!