"Stabbed" myself with enema applicator - now bleeding!

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   Posted 12/17/2007 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all

I'm currently in remission but doing 2 5ASA enemas per week for maintenance (in addition to my oral 5ASA). Anyway, last night I did a Salofalk foam enema and they have applicators that are rather long and pointy. I put extra lube on it but still hurt myself going in and out :-( Today I had a totally normal BM but then saw a bit of bright red blood on the toilet paper as I blotted around the area. During the day I kept blotting around there and saw blood on the toilet paper (but didn't have any further BMs or even gas).

It feels like I've got a little cut or tear around there. Blood is easing now. Any advice on creams/lotions/treatments to help it heal?
Left Sided UC
Salofalk tablets (Asacol) 2 tablets 4 times daily (4gm total) for maintenance, Salofalk enemas and/or Colifoam for flares
Oat bran 60grams daily, Metamuscil and multivitamins

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   Posted 12/17/2007 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you take a mirror to yourself and look down there to see where it is that you stabbed yourself? Whether or not it's in the inside or outside, there can be different things to try. I'm not sure what you can try if it's on the inside but you can use a diaper rash ointment if it's on the outside. This will keep the area "clean(er)" and it will have to heal on it's own.
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   Posted 12/17/2007 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Why not the cortifoam? By the way, OUCH.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcourt, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle, etc...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with rectal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade
2007:Increased Remicade dosage-660mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia
Current meds: Remicade 660mgs every 6 wks ( I may be developing antibodies?), Lomotil, Darvocet, Clorazepate, new meds: Prograf, Cymbalta, Lyrica

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   Posted 12/17/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
There's no reason to not continue to use the Salofalk foam....and I'm totally jealous you have it where you are..by the way!

Over the counter hydrocortisone cream applied a few times a day will help heal it .... the diaper rash cream will help especially if it's got zinc in it.

Nothing like the casualties of using rectal meds...oww!

*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!!)
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   Posted 12/17/2007 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have found the best way to put it in w/out hurting myself is to angle it a bit forward. HTH!
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone e's tapering, Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
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   Posted 12/17/2007 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all. It's morning here in Australia and I just had a non-eventful morning BM with no blood so it must have healed up overnight. I've actually got some hydrocortisone cream at home - can't believe I didn't think of using that. I'll also get some diaper rash cream in stock in case this happens again.

Princess Colon - I'm using the Salofalk foam for maintenance while I'm in remission as it is a 5ASA foam. I certainly do hit the Cortifoam if I am flaring. There was an article that someone posted a little while back on 5ASA responders/non-responders and it said that, for left sided UC, the combination of oral 5ASA and as little as 2 5ASA enemas a week really helped keep people in remission. I've giving that a go with 2 lots of foam 5ASA enemas a week. Working very well so far, except for the stabbing injury!

Quincy - don't worry, this has not discouraged me from using the foam at all. I love rectal meds!

Beth - I'll have to remember angling it forward a little. I think I do normally do that with the liquid enemas but obviously haven't carried that over to the foam ones.

Thanks again all :-)
Left Sided UC
Salofalk tablets (Asacol) 2 tablets 4 times daily (4gm total) for maintenance, Salofalk enemas and/or Colifoam for flares
Oat bran 60grams daily, Metamuscil and multivitamins

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   Posted 12/17/2007 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you are feeling better! Your poor bum:)
Tabitha (Tab)

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   Posted 12/17/2007 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
As our former President, Bill Clinton, used to say: "I feel your pain." Those accidental jabs can really hurt! But great to read that your med regimen is working otherwise ... And, like Quincy, I'm jealous that we in North America still do not have access to the 5ASA foam!!!!!!!!! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC;currently on 3 Colazal daily;back in remission)
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