Not for weeks, and certainly not for any longer than a day or two at the very most. If you're nauseated and cannot eat, it's not going to hurt. At least the intake of something is better than nothing.
It can,however, become a habit for some...believing it will heal the bowel.
It's not usually recommended for UC unless you're going an unusual amount of times. I was going almost 20 times a day, the doc didn't suggest bowel rest. He did, however, suggest dicyclomine to help slow things a bit...it helped with the spasming and cramping.
But...I was also given rectal meds.
And the docs should try people on the 5ASA enemas before the steroid enemas...or use the steroids to bump up the 5ASA if needed. There's no shortage of suggestions or options regarding rectal meds..and should be part of every UCer's regimen.
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!