Absolutely stay on your 5ASA (oral and rectal) mesalamine. Did not seem you needed systemic steroids.
You don't have results of your biopsies....therefore do not have official diagnosis.
Yes....inflammation of lesser intensity will leave one with the impression of no symptoms....meaning quite a change or improvement from original symptoms.
Please don't imagine you're out of the woods yet. You don't know what you actually have or the experience to know the variations of symptoms that can match the inflammation. And yes, there are some here who have visual moderate inflammation and absolutely NO symptoms. My symptoms are obvious with very mild visual inflammation....rectal spasming being one.
When you see your doc on the 6th....pleeeeaaaasssse make sure you get a copy of the pathology results and post them here since we are a curious bunch 🙄 As well, ask the extent and
location of the inflammation. And make an appointment to see him again...hopefully, it will be suggested for one to 3 months.
If you do have UC.....you need to learn to deal with your flares and maintain with meds at a lower dosage application.. i suggest rectals to twice or at least once a week. Orals...taper to a maintenance dosage. Never drop med dosages...taper, and we can explain it all.
Get on probiotics. Eat a well balanced food intake, stay away from artificial sweeteners..or in a very low amount. Understand the different types of fibre, take fibre supplements to improve stool consistency and exercise your colon, understand what foods agree with you and what don't...timing of the day helps, and don't believe that what you put in your mouth is an immediate symptom of a flare.
Forgot to mention that constipation is also indicitive of mild or severe limited inflammation in the rectum. It will usually come with upper gastro pain from gas, and sometimes stomach aches or pain that are gnawing.....gastro spasming happens because of a change in messages caused by the inflammation and constipation. The butt rules! Very confusing.....but eventually makes sense, and can be helped with rectals, change in food intake, antispasmodics...etc. and if you do have reflux, it can feel so much worse.
Experience for yourself with your symptoms. Don't be in denial. You have lots of experienced and varied perspectives at your fingertips.
Your goal should be, that if you do have UC or CD, to do what you can to help keep inflammation as controlled as possible. UC can creep without us realising....many times based on us not understanding what symptoms mean, and us raising the bar for tolerance and lowering it for acceptance that it's a normal thing.
My 2cents plus.
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 7 @ 2x daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO 500mg @ 2x daily for Primary Biliary Cholangitis
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
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