Let’s be honest. The symptoms of IBD are hard enough, having to use a rectal medication can initially feel like adding fuel to a fire. Well that is how I felt when I first was prescribed suspension enemas. In addition, I was completely resistant, nervous, scared and of course embarrassed. So, so embarrassed, ashamed and afraid. I had no real concept of what to expect and was left to figure it out on my own.
I was given this medication with little to no instructions and no clue on what I was doing. I was so lost. I put a towel down in my bed and administered the enema as fast as I could to get it over with as fast as possible. I quickly learned how very wrong that technique was. Over the years, through trial and error and experimentation I have come up with a few tips and tricks for using mesalamine retention enemas.
I hope these tips can help you on your IBD journey. Please share these with your IBD community so nobody has to go at this alone.
First things first. In case you are wondering, mesalamine retention enemas are prescribed by physicians when inflammation is located in the descending colon. Sometimes, the inflammation can be referred to as “left sided.” If the inflammation is not in the sigmoid or descending colon then this type of medication may not be needed and could be cause for why you haven’t heard of them. However, if your inflammation is lower in your colon and you still haven’t heard about this medication, mention it to your provider to seek their guidance.
Mesalamine/Retention Enema Tips:
Share these tips with your IBD community so nobody has to feel alone in using this medication.