Hi...are you using the Rowasa at this time? I'd suggest you might want to consider...very low in the rectum inlammation can cause upper digestive discomfort.
The other thing is that you could consider to try some Zantac and see if that helps some of the nausea. Have you had an upper gastro series done?
Reuteri isn't the "best"...it's one of the important probiotics to use for GI health. It comes in combo with rhamnosus and others...so, in reality it's not an "alone" probiotic.
I personally think that prednisone sets up an emotional/mental connection that flares have to be dealt with quickly...but being on pred off and on may determine the quickness of flares and how exacerbated they can be.
Bouncing back is the optimum statement. I would suggest you maybe start on the Rowasa and stay with the Colazal to possibly set up your GI for lowering the possible simmering of inflammation. It's a longer more committed process...but an option over pred.
You'll have UC for the rest of your life....I really encourage to see the options and success that 5ASA meds can offer.
If you're in a hurry to deal, then they will probably not be the best for you.
I use Natural Factors probiotics and throw in the Primadophilus Reuteri in once in a while. I take them only at night.
I also am using digestive enzymes...one in particular that contains serrapetase (which was mentioned about
a month ago)..Zymactive. I take it on an empty stomach and I've noticed much less gas/discomfort. As well, I use Gas Stop by Renew Life after eating some meals. As well, been good for me.
Hope you feel better soon...I know the discomfort can be so disconcerting.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every second night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!