I feel I am one of the lucky (haha) few to have minimal symptoms and hardly ever felt I had UC except for of course tremendous amounts of blood, mucus and Diahrea and weight loss. Although my entire colon was inflamed when I had colonoscopy 2 months after my UC started I never had gas, bloating, pain, discomfort or anything, just Bloody D every everytime time i went. I only had horrible pain for 2 months during my UC and that's when I took amoxicillen an antibiotic.
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently: I must say Under Control, 1 formed BM/day
RX/day: Tapered Prednisone completely January 2008. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
(believe me I know my body and do not recommend doing this!!!)
OTC: seldom use VSL#3, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it. For Lent I gave up peanuts, sweets, and fried foods...