Hi..welcome to the forum!
Some UCers have only one severe flare...the first one...having the rest of them more moderate and treatable.
How many biopsies did they take in the hospital? I would suggest you get a copy of the report, however.....that could give you some insight regarding the severity of your colon.
I would suggest you get referred to a GI....hopefully he/she will be able to help get you off the pred and onto a dosage of 5-ASA meds, both oral and rectal (consider where the UC starts..it cannot be treated with the oral meds alone).
You might never have to be on anything more than the 5ASA meds...you can refuse to be on pred in the future plus the big gun meds unless you cannot take the 5ASA....I would suggest giving them a chance at least. The do require patience, however. From there you could to the topical steroid meds or use them in combo with the 5ASA.
It's good you're startig to feel better,
Good you're starting to feel better,
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!