Hi and welcome!
-I am surprised your doctor didn't explain more, that is frustrating.
-U.C. is an inflammation of the lining of the intestine of the colon (also called the large intestine) and the lowest part of the colon, the rectum. It is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and it is a chronic (lifelong) condition. Cause is unknown. There is no known cure. People with U.C. alternate between flare-ups and periods of remission throughout their lives. You could be in remission for many many years. This website is wonderful. I was recently diagnosed and this site has become a wealth of information to me. Browse around on it and slowly start learning.
-Best of luck to you. You can lead a normal productive life. Try to relax, I know it is easier said than done.
Take Care, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis, possible dysplasia
Currently: symptoms have subsided, awaiting biopsy results for dysplasia
Medications: Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasa (sometimes) Vitamins: Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that I found this website!"