Thanks for replying. I am in the UK, and am tied by our health service as to who I see, unless I pay to see someone privately.
I found it interesting that you think hormones have an effect as sometimes my symptoms are worse around the time of my period, but again my GI didn't think this was significant.I also wonder if i am approaching the menopause and wonder what effect this may have on things.
You say that in July 2007 you had a new flare with symptoms you had never seen before................what were they ?
Its good to know that I may well be having IBS symptoms instead of a flare of the UC. I think the thing that made me wonder was that there was no blood this time.Can I ask you how you get on with the steroid treatment ? I am very anxious about having to take them perhaps in the future , because of the side effects and also because I hear of people having problems trying to come off them, when their symptoms come back again.