Sharon, you'll find that we each have our own list of what foods bother us. I have to limit or eliminate fatty and spicy foods, as well as those that are high fiber. Most of us have determined over time what bothers our individual bodies. Some can't tolerate milk, coffee, carbonated drinks. Others follow very restricted diets by their own choice. You may want to keep track of what you eat each day and note what things repeatedly cause you problems.
Probiotics are OTC medications that contain "good" bacteria that normally inhabit our colons and help with digestion and colon health. Those of us with UC tend to have trouble maintaining healthy colonies of these bacteria in our guts. Antibiotics can be particularly problematic for us because at the same time they are killing the "bad" bacteria, they also kill the "good." Many people here will flare when on antibiotics.
I take Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri, which I purchase on line. Your local health food store or pharmacy will probably have varieties of probiotics available also.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off.
Current meds are Colazal,
Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.