After trying everything with mesalamines - can't tolerate - and enemas, etc. I am down to "managing" as you say at least for now - tapering prednisone and will be off in two weeks.
My new gastro specialist with 30 years experience put me on rectal meds only. I am using Cortifoam and Anusol which is VERY easy. He recommended three times a day for now - I am lucky to get in two and my condition is improving. Less urgency, two to three BM's a day - pretty normal. Still have blood and mucous on stool but not significant. He told me not to worry about that now unless I become anemic. He said it would take a while and maybe not go entirely but "manageable". Certainly better than all those side effects - to live with!
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Cannot tolerate mesalamines. New specialist (June) - Cortifoam and Anusol three times a day for now. Hope it works!
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
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