Just wanted to let you know about a xylocaine (lidocaine hydrochloride) enema treatment I did for 2 months that worked for me.
I started flaring last April and increased my Salofalk enemas from every other night to nightly. I only got worse with more and more bleeding and up to 15 trips to the bathroom per day to pretty much just bleed. I started budesonide enemas for a month and they worked great. I switched back to Salofalk and started bleeding again a couple of days later. I then tried the 2 week antibiotic treatment that worked for Kazygirl, but that didn't work for me. Went back on the budesonide enemas for a month and they did nothing for me this time.
I started cutting most sugar and a lot of carbs out of my diet - by doing this, I was down to 6-8 bathroom trips per day.
In the middle of August, I started using 30 ml of 2% xylocaine as enemas. I used one every night for 2 months. After 2 weeks - down to 2-3 bathroom trips per day and still bleeding, although not streams of blood anymore. After 1 month - occasional bleeding and still 2-3 bathroom visits/day. When my 2 month treatment ended a week and a half ago, I tried to go back to Salofalk enemas which had worked so well after my initial diagnosis. I bled slightly the next day. I used those for 2 nights and then stopped - it seems my colon doesn't like those anymore. So now it's been a little over a week of no enemas and I've had no bleeding since the episode after the salofalk enemas. I'm going to the bathroom usually once a day sometimes 2. I still have slight cramping before I go sometimes, but nothing like before. Hopefully this relief lasts a while for me - I'm finally able to get out and do stuff now.
I know scooterk started this treatment around the same time as me and it was working well for him as well. Hopefully he'll come on and let us know how he's doing now.
-female - 32 -diagnosed June 2006
-last 25cm of colon affected
-Salofalk enemas stopped working
-Budesonide enemas stopped working
-xylocaine enemas - now in remission I think!!
-Asacol 2 800mg pills 2x/day
-trying to eat less sugar and carbs