Eva Lou, you're my new hero.
After reading this, I decided to give Metamucil a shot. After a few weeks of 1-2 tsps daily, it has helped significantly. I go less often (2-4 instead of 5-7), the quality is unusually good (by my reduced standards) and best of all, it has greatly curtailed gas/bloating, which makes me feel much better and helps with urgency issues.
Funny, 10 years ago, when I first visited a doctor to complain about this persistent little stomach bug I had (that surely would run its course and go away, as it always had before), Metamucil was the first thing he recommended. I don't recall whether I ever tried it, but probably I ignored him. Dozens of fancy, obscure, sometimes expensive meds later, I'm back to Metamucil, and it has helped more than anything except prednisone, which I don't consider a long-term option.
Amazing what getting back to the basics can do.
Dx'd left-sided UC in 1998
-Lialda 2.4 g qam; Fish oil 5 g qam; Metamucil 1 tsp BID
-omeprazole 20 mg qam; alprazolam 0.5 mg BID (for anxiety, not UC)
-calcium-magnesium-zinc 1000 mg, 500 mg, 200 IU qpm
-vitamin D 1000 IU qam; beta-carotene 25,000 IU qam
[strike]prednisone 5-30 mg[/strike]
[strike]azathioprine>20 mg QD[/strike]