Hi ChristyLat, you're two days on Canasa and I'd expect it to take about
2-3 weeks before you start seeing big improvements, as you heal it'll become more and more easy to retain them. The last bit of symptoms can take longer to fully go away. If hydrocortisone enemas and canasa are the right medications and doses for you, then I'd expect you should be able to enter remission, that is an absence of ulcerative colitis symptoms. Getting your correct mix of medications and doses is a bit of trial-and-error for most doctors, they don't always get it right the very first time or often even the second time. So, it takes time, persistence, and patience over a series of months to get everything right. As rectal inflammation can be quite stubborn in ulcerative colitis, so it sometimes takes different doses or even much stronger medications in order to control your symptoms. UC can be quite tricky, and quite individual, with no two individuals having exactly the same solution. To you as a new patient that is very frustrating and all you want is a quick solution, but it's the reality we all face.
Remission is always the treatment goal, when I was last in it I had just one normal bm a day without urgency, blood, or any of the typical uc symptoms we all know and loathe. It was easy to go about
my day and forget that I had UC, as UC wasn't a concern at all. It can take time to heal internally, and there can be wild daily variations within your symptoms, but you should see steady improvements week-to-week. For some individuals blood is the very last symptom to go away, for other individuals blood is the very first to go away (like me), as it does vary.
Hang in there and be patient, as it does get better. I believe you're much better off having both the hydrocortisone enemas and canasa suppositories.
Oh and remind us again do you have Ulcerative Proctitis (rectum only), Ulcerative Proctosigmoiditis (rectum and sigmoid colon involvement), or pancolitis (entire large intestine involvement)?
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John, 38, in a minor flare, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; 50mgs 6MP, 4.8g Lialda, 15mgs pred (tapering)I just took a yuge Trump and clogged the toilet
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