Colocort Enemas...another question!

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   Posted 2/13/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys!
I have yet another question about these colocort enemas...I've been on them for about 10 days now, and I'm overall noticing a good difference. However, I noticed a HUGE difference on hte first 2 days (went from 10 non-formed bloody stools a day to like 2 or 3 much more formed not bloody at all), and then it's kind of going back in the other direction... :(
I had a lot of trouble at the beginning with feeling really crampy and gassy, and got advice on here to squeeze the air out of the applicator before doing the enema so I didn't contribute by adding more air. I think that helped, but as time goes on I'm having more and more trouble with that. I'm having more trouble retaining the enema as well. The first few nights were no problem, but now I'm lucky if I can keep it in an hour. The gas is getting out of control and that's usually why I'll have to expel the enema. :( I feel like i'm wasting the enema, and it's not even getting in me, and of course my symptoms can't get any better if I can't hold the enema in. I'm getting so frustrated.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to remedy this? I'm just not sure what to do anymore. Right now I'm on medical leave from work due to a bladder surgery I had, but I have to go back in a week and I seriously don't even know how I could work in the condition I'm in (my bladder is fine! But the diarrhea is horrible.). Thanks in advance :)
28 Year old Female
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Recent possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Tried Meds: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Rowasa Enemas.
Currently on: 25mg Prednisone (Tapering SLOWLY from 60), 100mg Imuran, Psyllium Seed Powder, VSL #3 DS, Colocort Enemas, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D/Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

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   Posted 2/13/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
     I was having the same problem with the enemas, they just dripped right on out.  I am now using Proctofoam and it seems to help.  Not a huge difference yet but at least no blood.  Still have urgency and many bowel movements in the morning, first one with lots of mucus but wondering if that isn't from the foam.  I also use a cort suppository every morning after all the BM's.
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Flare May of 09 thru Aug of 09.  Very short remission.  Flared again Nov 1st.  Started Remicade Nov 18th.  Felt great after first two infusions.  Suffered a set back after 3rd infusion on Dec 31st.  Meds: Benicar, Colazal, Prednisone (hopefully short course), Calcium with D, multivitamin, probiotic.  Rectal meds..Proctofoam, cort suppositories....cannot retain the enemas.

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   Posted 2/13/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Right -try the foam and suppository combo....?

Sorry you seem to be heading backward!!!!
Age 53. Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
Asacol - 16 pills/day, cortenemas, Rowasa
Metamucil - 2 doses/day since '86, and psyllium seed powder
VSL#3DS, Multivitamin, Calcium and D, Flax Seed Oil
homemade yogurt each day
Ryzolt for arthritis pain
Son, 16, dx pancolitis 2007, in remission :-)

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