Welcome to the forum...where in the colon is your UC .. throughout or limited?
Please remember that colitis is a generic term...if you have UC and are talking UC...try and use the term for clarification.
Well, I don't believe that food has anything to do with UC flares...not causing them nor curing them.
Stress is very subjective...many degrees and different situations for each person. Stress does affect me...but the very deep emotional kind that has me in a bad state when I'm on maintenance meds.
I can eat curry, hot thai food..etc..it has no effect.
Many UCers don't get the connection that many foods have action unto themselves. Add UC flare and they don't mix well. Many of us have IBS...which is/can be triggered by food and stress. hard to differentiate.
I don't see you on any rectal meds....can become your friend.
I have an awesome GI...diagnosed over 19 years ago...the use of 5ASA meds, both oral and rectal is really one regimen many GIs neglect...unfortunately.
Many choose steroids for first-line meds...not good in my opinion unless one is in a state of crisis.
You could consider to add probiotics to your supplement intake...awesome for anyone..more awesome for UCers.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th 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 ....zymactive 3 - 5x 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 !!!