Bonjour, tournevice. (You just saw my entire French vocabulary, but i do like to try.) Welcome to HealingWell.
Do you know what part of your colon is affected, is it throughout the colon or only part?
There are many medications beyond Asacol and Salofalk. Some of us do better if the Asacol is replaced with Colazal. Beyond these baseline drugs there are steroids in suppository, enema and oral form that can often bring a quick remission, although they aren't for maintenance. There are drugs that suppress your immune system, such as Azathioprine and Mercaptopurine. And there is a whole new class of drugs called the biologicals, including Remicade and Humira.
Your frequent feeling of needing to go but no stools indicates rectal inflammation. There are steroid enemas and suppositories that might help you reduce the inflammation so the Salofalk could work better. If you're going 20 times a day and your life is disrupted, you're not being adequately treated. Are you seeing a GI specialist, or just your primary? You should be followed by a GI, and if your doctor is a GI, you maybe need to be followed by one who's more up to date on treatment options.
Stress can definitely trigger and prolong flares in many people, but it doesn't cause UC. I think some of the feelings of shame that we have come from the feeling that we have no control over our lives or bodies. Educating yourself about
UC is a great way to fight that. I'd suggest starting with some of the links in the UC resources thread at the top of this page.
This is a great place to get support and ideas from other people who have been through the same thing you're going through now. Welcom again.
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.
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