Hi Traci! Sorry to hear you're on pred again. I hope it works for you quickly, so that you can get off soon!
Many docs will treat over the phone to a certain point - then they request you come in for an exam. If you've been with your doc for a while, he may treat the initial flare that way, but if you get worse then ask you to come in.
Two Lialda per day is the equivalent of six Asacol per day which is the suggested "maintenance" dose. Some people do well with Asacol but not Colazal. Some are the opposite. Some do not do well with any 5ASA. This disease is very individual and it make take a couple of tries of different meds to find the one that works for YOU.
For some people, diet plays a HUGE roll. For others, it doesn't make much difference. Artificial sweeteners can cause gas, bloating and D. I can not tolerate ANY of them. So for me, I only use sugar when I need it.
All NSAIDs are no-nos. Aspirin causes GI bleeding. However, some UCers still use NSAIDs under close watch of their doctors. Codiene may cause constipation.
When flaring, no steak for me, but I can deal with hamburger. If beef makes you sick, don't eat it.
Caffeine is a GI stimulant. Once again a personal thing. I stick with decaf, unless we're out to eat and I have iced tea. No soda for me right now - flaring and it causes gas pains. Perhaps a food journal would be a good thing for you to try. Write down EVERYTHING you eat and all symptoms you have and see if anything correlates.
Have you tried rectal meds?
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
Status: Flaring :(
40mg pred, Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio