OMG...you don't need prednisone.
Tell me why you quit the Rowasa before starting them again since flaring?
I've started back on my nightly enemas because I was starting to flare again. I know I'll be on them for about
2 weeks anyway.....I'm pretty much back to normal, but my flare wasn't too bad at all, however, this time I had a bit of blood.
Please be patient Sara...some of the bms last night are probably caused by the lactose in the ice cream. 2 issues, but hope you enjoyed the ice cream.
Regarding the metamucil...I used to use the Smooth...(.not the sugar-free!)....after supper , but I'm using the capsules now and prefer them much better.
Consistency is a good thing...and I would suggest that you make an appointment with your doc for when he gets back and use the Rowasa consistently until you start to feel better. Then start to taper.
I think the bottom line is how much effort you're willing to put into the patience department.
Oh, you could ask your GP to prescribe the Proctofoam...it's a lower % of steroid and you could maybe use it in conjunction (in the mornings) with the Rowasa.
You could also ask the doc maybe for some dicyclomine to help with some of the discomfort, maybe that will calm you down a bit and help slow down your colon a teeny bit.
If you show some improvement over the week or two..it's working....you may need to stay on the enemas nightly for a month before you can taper.
My longest on the enemas was almost 4 months nightly...it was a tough time, but again...my doc's reaction was "we'll do the stool samples to be sure nothing is going on...but be patient", and I was.
Hang tough...try to take it in stride as best you can, but your flare will not go away overnight. I think you just haven't learned how to use the enemas effectively as of yet.
I'm happy to hear you quit smoking...that in itself will add to the issue, but it doesn't mean you cannot get through this as well. It might take a tad longer.
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x 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/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 7/20/2009 3:43:06 PM (GMT-6)