First, thanks to all here for normalizing the idea of rectal meds for me. I was disturbed by my experience of tapering prednisone and, no doubt irrationally, blamed the prednisone for the fact that my symptoms worsened as I tapered off to finally be much worse than I'd experience before in this flare or in my initial flare. Because of reading here about
others' experience with rectal meds and also with the idea that oral mesalamine might not be reaching as far as its needed, I suggested to my doctor that I start cordisone enemas, to which he readily agreed.
I just started last night. I actually put off starting them for five days because it appeared to me that I might be going into remission and I wanted to see whether that remained true. I changed my diet pretty radically about 2 weeks ago and that seemed to help (basically a low residue diet, but I've been saying I'm only eating "white" food -- rice, pasta, potatoes, a little fish, a little turkey, cottage cheese, yogurt).
Yesterday I was a little more wobbly than I had been for the preceding few days (more urgency, more frequent trips to the bathroom, although not nearly as many as had been true even just 10 days ago), so I started the enemas last night.
So this morning I had my first relatively normal bowel movement since May or June, but then I had much more of a sense of "incompleteness" than I've had in a long time, too.
So could those who have had longer experience with rectal meds compare this to their own experience? Did you have an immediate response like this? Could formed stool, as opposed to liquid, create that "incomplete" feeling?
Also, are the enemas used as maintenance meds in remission?
Thanks to all.