Posted 2/8/2018 4:20 PM (GMT -7)
After enjoying about ten years of remission, I had a laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy Jan. 26 and it has put me into a flare. Not sure if it was the trauma of the surgery, possible antibiotics administered in the hospital, the narcotic painkiller (percoset), being constipated and impacted after surgery, or a combination of all of these things.
I have to say I'd forgotten how miserable this could be. And it's different this time around. Really struggling with hemmorhoids, urgency, bad cramping when I try to have a BM and very little coming out. Feels like all of the inflammation is in the rectum. I keep feeling like I need to go, but nothing much happens. This goes on all night. I'm exhausted. I start to drift off to sleep, then the pain/urgency wakes me up.
All of this time, I've been on sulfasalazine and was down to just two 500 mg pills per day as a barely there maintenance dose. I've upped my sulfasalazine and my doctor has added Uceris and a hydrocortisone rectal cream. I've only had three doses of Uceris so far; can't tell that it's doing much yet. I'm also having all kinds of issues getting the prescrip filled. Doc gave me some samples, but my insurance company has denied filling it. Even with a manufacturer's discount card, an 8-week supply would cost $1,000. Just crazy.
Anyway, I guess I'm looking for any advice or words of encouragement - particularly if anyone has had a post-op flare.