I was told my inflammation level was 60 something, and 2 doctors said, well, you have that inflamed ulcer, what do you expect... they didn't care much about it. Everything you listed except for the pencil stools may be side effects of your meds. I would ask for rectal meds. I don't know how they would get the inflammation down without Prednisone. Everything will be ok. At least you aren't having bloody diarrhea. Primary docs have a different view from gastros, so just wait and see what your GI says.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15,
Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil, Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08, Humira started 4/4/08