Cosmochick, welcome to HealingWell. One good place to start learning about
UC is by using the ulcerative colitis resources at the top of this board. These will give you basic information about
UC so you know what it's all about
. The folks on this board have a lot of varied experiences and are very helpful and supportive with answering your specific questions.
Briefly, while most people with UC may have diarrhea, others don't and some even have constipation. Antibiotics may be used to treat colon infections such as C. diff., but not to treat UC. In fact, we avoid them like the plague because they tend to make us worse. The usual first drugs are Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Colazal or Pentasa (occasionally.) You may be given oral or rectal (enemas or suppositories) medications. And yes, it can get worse even with treatment in some cases, but this is not a foregone conclusion.
There's a lot more information available in the references; they'll give you a crash course in UC.
But then, perhaps you'll be lucky and it isn't UC.
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.
Co-Moderator UC Forum