Hello all, I am a newbie just diagnosed last week with UC. Taking Asacol 3 x2 and also using Lomotil--2 in the am. I am 58, (for the most part in ex health--hip replacement on 23rd though) have had diarrhea "issues" on & off for the past 15+ years--nothing ever severe, nothing ever diagnosed as anything worse until now.
about 6 weeks ago, this flared up and would not go away with my usual Lomotil treatments so I went to the GI and he recommended a colonoscopy since it had been about 8 yrs. Symptoms have not changed nor have they worsened or gotten better in the 6 weeks. Primarily I have problems first thing in the am but then take the Lomotil because I work and am too scared to have "issues" at work. It seems to work now--not at first--spent quite a few sick days at home.
My questions are: How long has this med taken to get results in your experiences?
Have people seen remission after just one flare up and for how long?
Since what I am experiencing seems mild in contrast to what I have read here---are there some "obvious" foods, drinks, etc to avoid?
I believe all the anti inflamatory Celebrex I have taken for the hip and other issues along the way and the Prilosec to aid with that, have created this monster in me. I sure want to get it healed & over with so I can stay off the Prednisone (Dr says that is next if this doesn't work) so I can have my hip surgery on the 23rd.
THANKS in advance & sorry for the long post.