spluxa - I had continuous bleeding for about a year until I went to prednisone. However, I tried and failed at all mesalamines, steroid enemas, etc. before going to prednisone. After a year of trying I finally gave in to prednisone since either I was allergic to meds or they weren't working. Don't give up yet! Try everything first - and give it time. If you see even a little improvement that is going in the right direction.
I have tapered to 20mg. prednisone now for two weeks and started 6MP about 8 days ago. Today bleeding returned after being gone for a month so nothing is certain. Mine is also confined to small rectal area. I see doc next week. Hoping he will add a steroid suppository as those work best for me to administer. I do want to get off prednisone someday but if I can't - that is the way it will be - one day at a time.
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. Cannot tolerate mesalamine!
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. Starting 6-MP Feb. 28 along with 20 mg. prednisone.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD