So, my current flare has been going on about
6 weeks and I have had about
20 BMs with urgency per day (with 3 accidents in the past week), bleeding, and diarrhea.
*upped my usual Lialda dose from 2 to 4 pills a day
*tried mesalamine enemas for a few weeks with no results (was not completely consistent in taking every night)
*have been on hydrocortisone enema for 8 days and it been getting a bit worse if anything. I have taken them every night but most nights I was only able to retain half of it for 30 minutes. No side effects that I'm aware of.
I know the next thing my doctor will tell me is to take oral prednisone but I want to avoid that if possible because of all the side effects. Is there anything else I can do?
Here's a few things I was thinking of:
*Imuran/Azathioprine I know this has some side effects but it sounds not nearly as bad as pred. Doctors seem to prescribe pred first though, is there any reason other than Imuran takes longer to take effect?
*Any sort of natural remedy - I'm skeptical but kind of desperate
*Hydocortisone enemas twice a day instead of once?
*Hydocortisone once a day and mesalamine enemas once a day? morning/night
*Combining the hydrocortisone enema with something to help me retain it?
I would run this by my doctor first but they never have much time for me so I want to consider all my options before speaking to them.
I really appreciate any advice. Thanks!
Post Edited (EqualsTwo) : 4/14/2011 8:58:20 AM (GMT-6)