Hi....I doubt the flushing of your system (however that was done) caused your flare..I think you didn't recognise the earlier symptoms and it just has possibly progressed.
The enemas are great..., but you should also be using oral 5ASA such as Asacol...low dosage...to keep the colon above the rectum/sigmoid quiet. UC can spread upward. Not to say it WILL for you...but it's always good to have the bases covered , so to say....youll know soon enough if you need to do so. The enemas will deal with the rectum and sigmoid..and some believe a bit higher.
Try not to think of using meds as a sentence of punishment....the 5ASA meds still have the least amount of side effects. I've used the oral (Asacol) and retention enemas (Salofalk) for 19 years....no side effects that I can say.
Think of it this way. It's your insurance to keep your colon in the least possible inflamed state for as long as possible.
You can still use the diet, digestive enzymes and probiotics....most of us do in conjunction with one med or another.
How long did the doc say for you to be on the enemas? I hope you got lots of refills.
Remember that they have to be tapered. Because....that's how you find your maintenance dosage to prevent further flares...or intensity of flares.
My UC has NEVER been as bad as when I was first diagnosed. By using 5ASA meds, it's strongly believed that they can protect the colon from cancer. I can attest to that "theory"....my last c-scope in September was perfectly clear of any abnormal/precancer/cancer cells (36 biopsies).
It's a decision you'll have to make for yourself as to whether take meds or not. You may not need them often...or you may need to be on a low maintenance dosage for a long time and increase during flares.
My doc's philosophy is to treat both ends....use the lowest possible dosage for the longest period of time. Since UC starts at the rectum...it will always be inflamed no matter how high it goes. It's the first place to be inflamed, the last to heal.....so, using rectal meds is numero uno!
We all learn what works best for us...eventually.
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th 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 !!!