HD does mean high dose >_>www.asacolhd.com/resources/asacol-hd-faqs
Tbh, I'm surprised you weren't diagnosed with Crohn's or at least indeterminate colitis (when they can't tell if it's UC or Crohn's) back in 2006 - patchy inflammation and inflammation in the terminal ileum sounds more like Crohn's than UC to me, although I didn't see your scope and am not a gastroenterologist. Anyway, I'm sorry you received the "upgrade" in diagnosis now, so to speak. But you do sound like you have a mild case, which means you'll probably avoid things like strictures, fistulas, etc. - the hallmarks of more severe Crohn's disease.
I'm going to do a bit of quibbling now... >_<-less risk of colon cancer
Not if you have Crohn's colitis (Crohn's in the colon). The risk is similar then.-easier to control with diet (according to both Elaine Gottchall and Dr. Lutz)
I really don't believe this, sorry. -you CAN get out of a flare with an elemental diet (not the case for UC)
Yeah, sometimes... It depends partly on how old you are (works best for children and adolescents). Writer would know far more than me, but an elemental diet isn't a cast iron guarantee for ending a flare. Even if you go into remission symptoms do tend to creep back upon resuming a normal diet.
Also:"My doc also said (I thought this was interesting and didn't realize this) is that with CD, a person tends to stay about the same level of severity throughout their disease. Whereas with UC, people can be fine one minute and really sick the next." Personally I believe thats a load of cr...garbaage! That is not how my disease works.
Have to agree with Grandpato2 on this one. People with Crohn's do not always stay at the same level of severity; far from it tbh.