It has been shown to be the Carbon Monoxide
rather then the niccotine that has the most effect on UC.
Yes, it is very normal to get a flare up of UC around 1 to 2 months after quitting smoking.
The shakes and dizzy spells are not so good. Have you spoken to your GI about
this? There are some side effects to Mesalazine
and you may well be allergic to it. The other possibility is you are lacking in one of the various vitamins or minerals. You can get a full blood count and a vitamin/mineral essay done to see if there is a problem there.Ulcerative Colitis
comes and goes as it wills. Taking your medication as a preventative is the best way to both reduce the chances of a flare, and if you do flare, reduce the severity. Most people stop taking their medication and end up flaring badly, many of the regulars on this forum managed to get their Pancolitis (full colon UC) this way.
Diet is considered to not be a factor in UC by the Gastro specialists, but many of us on this forum with the disease argue with that to various degrees. I believe that diet exacerbates the symptoms and can produce a gut environment that impedes colonic healing. There are others who will argue black and blue that eating this or drinking that causes their flares. Most people on this forum will tell you that the three biggest bad things are Sugar, Soda Pop/Softdrink and finally milk and milk products (due to the lactose).
In nearly all cases yes, you can eat meat. You may however need to change how much and which meats you eat. Many of us find that white meats like chicken and fish go down really well, where as things such as steak can vary from difficult to painful. Finally processed meats are out. Full stop. No arguments. Unless you can get real bacon, ham etc from the farm, you will find all processed meats these days are LOADED with artificial colours, flavours and worst of all, packed with preservatives.
Many people on this forum take a standard multivitamin. I don't believe they are necessary and that they are many people's way of getting around the impeded diet many UCers are forced to live with (in most cases). My take is that if you can eat a healthy BALANCED breakfast, lunch and dinner with a good mix of FRESH vegetables, meats and fruits you will be able to get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. If however you are on prednisone it IS a good idea to increase your dietary intake of foliate (or take a foliate pill).
UC is different for all of us. Some things work, other things don't. You have to work it out the best combination of medications, herbal remedies, lifestyle changes and dietary changes for yourself.
I would suggest going back through the posts on HealingWell and read the Colitis posts that are of most interest to you. You will find just how much it differs for each of us, and you will probably learn a hell of a lot.