Mad2, I'm sorry to hear you needed to come here, but we do welcome you. While most people with UC tend to have diarrhea, some have constipation. The urgency you're feeling is caused by the inflammation in your rectum. Once the inflammation is cleared up, the urgency will go too. Hopefully the Asacol will do that for you. If not, there are other medications available, including enemas that can deliver the medication right to the affected area.
If you do in fact have UC, it's very likely that you won't need surgery. 67% of people with UC are managed medically. And while the condition can spread, many times it doesn't. It is important to keep taking your medication to help prevent it from getting worse. On the other hand, there are other things that can cause proctitis, so it's possible you don't even have UC.
It's very normal for you to be mad and scared right now. As Picton said, informing yourself is a good first step toward feeling like you once again have some control over your life. This is a good place to do that. Be sure to check the resources listed at the top of the board, there is a lot of good information there.
This is a great place to get information and support, so glad you found us.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.