Thanks for the advice.
If for no other reason, I don't want the steroids because I try to stay away from anything that might effect my mood, especially when it comes to depression.
I understand the complaints about prednisone side effects here are from statistically few people, but I know a couple of people in real life who regret ever taking steroids for uc.
I might consider a five-day course, but I can't find anything on its effectiveness in uc, and I suspect it might make the situation worse or open the door to longer-term use. I was hoping someone might have some experience with such treatment.