Not TMI. Was it a steroid enema or an anti-inflammatory enema (rowasa enema)?
Retention-enemas are highly recommended for rectum and sigmoid colon inflammation! I and many others here use them as well to treat our UC. Yeah we all have some initial ick and eww reactions. However, the bottom line is enemas go straight to the source of your problems and act quickly. We all use what works and the enemas are very effective!
Whereas an oral pill must travel 25 feet down the various twists, turns, and valves within our digestive track in order to enter the large intestine, and dump medication only within a 5 foot area (the length of the large intestine). More room for error or inconsistent delivery! We do use oral pills as well though, but they can be inconsistent in delivery (at least in the rectum).
Hmm crypt abscesses, huh? Well, you might be an Ulcerative Colitis patient afterall (would have to be confirmed with other findings though, as one data point does not = a diagnosis). As crypt abscesses are one of the common findings with UC. Essentially, a normal large intestine's surface is like waves on the ocean with high points and low points. The low points (or valleys) are called "crypts" in medical jargon. A "crypt abscess" means that the crypt is filled up with junk that does not belong there (often full of immune White Blood Cells). It's nothing to worry about
, having a crypt abscess, it is just a distinct finding that, along with other features, can lead to an accurate diagnosis.
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John, 39, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; daily 75mgs 6MP, 4.8g generic-Lialda, and rowasaU.C. = Unimaginable Crapnado
Post Edited (iPoop) : 11/27/2017 2:38:35 PM (GMT-7)