Just a quick question Michele. How did your doctor diagnose you without doing a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy? I can understand his wanting things to "calm down" before doing a colonoscopy because I was in a flare a few years back (and my GI knew it), took the prep all for naught , and he could only go up 20 cm. Couldn't go up further for fear of perforating the ulcers. So your doctor is cautious...good thing.
Try not to stress too much, it aggravates your condition. I have had UC for ten years. Also, I have been on 6 MP for the past four years or so and it has NOT kept me in remission, so don't fret about that. I've been in this flare since April, hospitalized for ten days in May...slooooowly coming out of it. I take 9 Colazal a day, down to 5 mgm of prednisone from 30 (and by the way, prednisone can make you feel anxious), Cort enemas alternate nights with Canasa, 50 mgm of 6MP daily.
My UC is primarily in my rectum. I am pretty clear further up, thank GOD. Today was the first day I only saw a twinge of blood. I have been bleeding since this flare started. Been to a colorectal surgeon last month and he said I am not "yet" a candidate for surgery and that UC sometimes can "burn" itself out. That was good to hear....LOL.
Take care and God bless. OH...I am an "old" lady of 62. So I feel for you "young-uns" out there. This is not easy to cope with.