I don't know what has helped me, but here's my story
Sept 7 07 - stopped asacol cold turkey, started 60mg of pred same day
Sept 21 began to flare a week later went into a horrible flare
GI prescribed cipro and hydrocortisone enemas within 2 weeks I saw major improvement
then started azathioiprine (on pred the whole time).
I think the hydrocortisone e's really helped me but can't say for sure. Glad you are doing better!!!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ no blood since Dec 07 ~ almost normal bm
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd Sept 2007
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday. Potassium 100mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.