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   Posted 4/19/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with mild to moderate left-sided UC.  The Dr. prescribed me with nightly Rowasa enemas.  Most of my symptoms are gone.  I have 1-2 regular BMs a day with mild urgency. I still see a little bit of blood in my stool.  The blood concerns me, but I think it might just take awhile to heal.  Does it sometimes take awhile for the blood to go away? 

31 year old female, diagnosed w/ left sided UC on 4/6/09
7 month old son
1 Rowasa enema nightly - Symptoms better
Also taking Synthroid and Lexapro

Post Edited (Brinda) : 4/19/2009 6:37:48 PM (GMT-6)

Johnny K
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   Posted 4/19/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
When i was first diagnosed i saw blood for a long time after i was considered "under controll" now in my case i never went into remission so i would have days where everything was normal and then days that i would see blood which it would go away on its own or go into a full blown flair and i'd have to go back on either Pregnison or back to the hospital for IV drugs...give it time if the blood is very light or just when you wipe its really not much to worry about its when u start having lots of movements and blood all the time that you should worry
21 Male in Michigan
Dioganosed with UC: sept 2000
J-pouch Surgery: august 2008
Feeling wonderful and hoping I can help :)

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 4/19/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
It's great that the rowasa is working well for you. It can take a couple of weeks to stop the bleeding, but if it does not stop soon then maybe you should give your doctor a call. It's better to tackle the symptoms aggressively and get it under control sooner rather than later.

He might recommend doing the enema twice a day, or even taking some oral medication, such as asacol, in addition to doing the enema.

Good luck.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet

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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
You're improving nicely, and would NOT need to increase the enemas twice a day.

You should make sure, however that you have many more refills for the enemas.... it might take you a few months of nightly enemas before the bleeding completely stops, the urgency stops and your stools are once or twice a day (subjective depending on what and how much one eats).

Please don't get fixated on the's freaky at first, but you're not in a state that's not abnormal for proper healing process with 5ASA neds.

Stick with them and please remember to taper them once you're back to normal....every second night for maybe a few weeks to a month, then if all is fine, every third night...etc.

I had lots of ups and downs with flaring and tapering the first two years. My doc did give me the go ahead to have control of the increasing and tapering and it wasn't until the third year I got the hang of it.

Been doing it for now 20 years...and if you can use them for that long, it's a good thing.

Like I said, don't make more of it than what the norm of it is while healing.
Now, I'm confused about the left-sided that what the doc called it?  because if so, the enemas aren't enough.   You should also be on an oral 5ASA med such as Asacol.


*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(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 !!!

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   Posted 4/20/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Sure you can still have some blood and it may be the very last symptom to go away so don't be too alarmed. With there being so many symptoms we can have at any given time it's not easy to always predict which ones will be the last to go away and such but it's great that you're doing so well and I hope it continues for you Brinda.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/20/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brinda!
I too have a 7 month old son. I started having bleeding and urgency in august 07 and was diagnosed in Oct 07. I was on pentasa for 2 months and unexpectedly became pregnant. (pentasa wasn't working yet) So my GI doc took me off all meds and said just watch what you eat. I have had bleeding from aug 07 til now (april 09) I switched my GI a month ago and was told I should have never been off meds. I now take asacol (12 per day) and proctofoam. The bleeding is normal to me and I don't think much of it...but my GI says I shouldn't take it so lightly... dont' worry too much! I agree with Quincy that if you have left sided colitis that a mesalamine such as Pentasa or Asacol might be beneficial to you.

Diagnosed w/crohns in October 07
Taken off meds January 08 because of pregnacy
Back to gastro Dr. January 09 (new dr.)
Diagnosed w/ UC instead; told should have never gotten off meds
taking Asacol and Canasa
Flaring still as of 04/09

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