Adverse reaction to Canasa

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Christine1946
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   Posted 8/30/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
     Anyone experience burning and discomfort after inserting Canasa?  I have been using the suppositories every morning as the doctor prescribed for the past three months.  Friday I had a lot of pain and burning in the rectum.  Since Canasa never did this to me previously, I just thought it may be hemorrhoids.  Yesterday my rectum felt much better.  Last night, instead of my usual Cort enema, I inserted a Canasa since I retain them moreso than the enemas and the burning and pain was back.   
 
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare.  Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count.  Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH.


Red_34
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   Posted 8/30/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have hemmies and/or a fissure then it can account for the sensitivity. I had the same issue when I was using Canasa - but it could also be because you are still inflammed in there.

Christine1946
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   Posted 8/30/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you ever consult a proctologist? I did years ago and my GI doctor got a little ticked off because I went behind his back and the proctologist sent him a letter...lol. Geez, I sure hope it isn't a fissure. Did you ever get pain down your legs from this? Is the Canasa doing more harm than good??

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/30/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
It has hurt me but only in the case that I have a herrhroid or that they are too cold. Do you refridgerate them? Room temp is best but they can't go above a certain temp of they melt. I've had mine melt in the car when I was traveling.

Christine1946
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   Posted 8/30/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine are room temperature. I inserted this at 9am. I moved my bowels twice, normal movement, no blood or mucus. Still have the burning and discomfort though.

Red_34
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   Posted 8/30/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
When I could tolerate them, the pain was only rectal. It would burn and itch. But now that I think about it, maybe that was the precursor to my real allergic reaction to mesalamines. No, I never saw a Proctologist after I went to a GI. A Proctologist is the one that sent me to the GI in the first place when he suspected that I had something worse then just hemmies.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/30/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought the term proctologist was gone and they are now called colorectol surgeons? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorectal_surgery
Colorectal surgery is a field in medicine, dealing with disorders of the rectum or anus. The field is also known as proctology, but the term is outdated in the more traditional areas of medicine.

I am not sure if seeing someone else will help but if you have good insurance, it can't hurt. It's always good to have more opinions. I have never had any pain with canasa except if my skin is torn from a firm movement or a hemmie, haha, sorry TMI.
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