Hi..even better to have home-made...but sometimes we overindulge. Add that and maybe dessert, drinks, coffee, no rectal meds..lol!
It takes a while for it all to sink in...especialy once we've had a bit of a break in symptoms. I tried to get off my meds the first 2 years....lots of other stuff going on health-wise and emotionally, so the GI was supportive with his time and suggestions. Ultimately, we decided I'll be on meds permanently, but I had options with adjustments, so the freedom was given to me, which was a good learning experience for the future. I look back and clearly the first few years were my worst.
Oh....forgot to add that it's humbling to realise it's a forever thing. So, setting up plans for treatment and maintenance is a good thing. It's a pain and an expense, but it can work if you don't see it as an all or nothing.
I think you should just ask to try the antispasmodics. They can sometimes have one feeling a tad on the mellow side, so maybe he's cautious..not a bad thing. A low dosage, even if taken at night, can help and you won't have the effects. Everyone can react differently, some cannot take them at all...
Hope you (+ kids) and your wife enjoy your respective weekends....so far the weather prediction is awesome.
*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 !!!