Another long-timer here, you learn how to manage things. Everyone has their cross to bear, I suppose.
The suppositories for roids work well, and quick. See if your doctor will call in an Rx.
I have not taken 6mp, so don't worry if you cannot, I would say. Your meds are like mine.
Be happy your GI is not eager to do the colonoscopy already, they irritate an inflamed colon.
My GI has never pushed the probiotics, but I think they helped me but I also stopped gluten at the same time so I'm not certain. Can't hurt, a lot of healthy people take them just because we seem to have killed off our good bacteria with today's antibiotics, antibacterials, etc. I get Replete from the naturopathic doc. It's expensive ($5/day), maybe more than you have to spend but at least I'm sure it's quality stuff.
Be well, don't panic, give yourself peace to do what you have to do to feel comfortable.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
tapering OFF prednisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
Sept: Mild case of thrush in throat, prescribed antifungal mouthwash.