A quick answer would be YES - it was. Looking back at your posts I find your are way against prednisone (don't blame you) but that is the only thing that finally stopped my bleeding. Started out almost a year ago with urgency, diarrhea, many bms a day, etc. to now with what seems like remission. I tried all mesalamines - can't tolerate them but they helped - enemas helped, proctofoam helped and most of all probiotics stopped the diarrhea and multiple bms. Still - bleeding - and painful cramping at times. If you can't keep in the enemas - try only 1/3 or a foam - it is easier to start out slow. AFTER you have tried all the possibilities and keep talking with your doctor - then don't rule out prednisone. Of course, you can't take it forever and I am in the process of tapering from 40 mg. to 10 mg. and then a maintenance medication - maybe 6 MP or ?
I feel wonderful! NONE of those terrible side effects - little moody maybe - arthritis is great - it has taken all the inflammation away for now. I do dread what may come as I taper further - on 20 mg. now and doing good. Just try a short taper - not so many long term effects to see how it goes. This is just my experience!
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Tried all mesalamines and enemas, Canasa, etc. Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal -hydrocortisone enemas 12 days - much worse.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
Feb. 21 - down to 20 mg. - no blood, no pain, no bad side effects so far. Plan on adding 6MP (or?) at lowest possible prednisone dose.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD