I just want to reiterate and agree with the other posts, GET A SECOND OPINION!! Do not hesitate to visit other GI's and see what they have to say. This is your body and you need to be proactive about your treatment. I have had 3 Dr.'s over the course of 10yrs now, the first two did not help me. My current Dr. had me in remission within a few months and saved me from having to have surgery. I also have been on remicade for over 3 yrs. I have no side effects other than getting an extra cold than most people...but that could just be because of the UC. Its benefits for me, far outweigh any side effects. I am living a "normal" life with Remicade. Do not be afraid to try it. Also, try researching to find a good Dr. - are you in the chron's and unlcerative colitis foundation? Look it up online, they can be helpful in finding a DR. in your area as well as infor on treatments.
1997 Diagnosed w/UC, controlled with asacol
2000 major flare-immuran, asacol, prednisone, suppositories, fish oil, probiotics, multiple vitamens, wheat & dairy free diet (none of this helped)
2003 Sought 2nd opinion when told illos.bag was the only option. New Dr. - colazal, non-generic form of 6-mp, and remicade treatments- saw improvement in about 2 months.
Maintenance with colazal, remicade put me into remission for about 2 years.
Feb 2007 colonoscopy showed remission
June 2007 started flare up, Dr. ran labs and I turned out to have an intestinal infection, not a true UC flare.
August 2007 began to feel back to normal again.