Well, if I must try the prednisone, I admit I'm feeling a little better about it. I'm also feeling better because I was actually able to sleep through the night! A small but important victory! But, quincy, here are some answers to your questions:
--trips to the bathroom before increasing the Asacol: I can't say for sure, as I was not keeping track as I am now. But maybe a total of 4-6?
--change in symptoms since August: when this flare originally started, I was attributing it to something else, so wasn't looking at it with a UC eye, so to speak. It wasn't until after Labor Day, when I found this forum, that I convinced myself it was a UC flare and not endo-related. But I think the diarrhea has gotten worse, along with urgency and cramping. But then it gets better (even before I went to GI in mid-Sep, I thought it was getting better), then worse, then better, then worse. More blood, less, more, less. I do not feel the back pain I did at one point, but I don't recall having trouble making it through a trip to the grocery store a month ago, either. I don't think the Asacol increase or Canasa has changed much of this.
--urgency or rectal pain with bms? urgency, yes, rectal pain, a little, not much.
--probiotics? yes, with meals, as well as Digestive Advantage (day 3 now),fish oil, Forvia vitamin.
--fiber supplement: the last time I tried some Benefiber at bedtime, I had quite a day the next day! But I've had similar days since without the fiber, so maybe it had nothing to do with that.
Diagnosed proctitis March 2008
Started 400mg Asacol, 3 pills twice a day
Started current flare mid-August 2008
Now on 400 mg Asacol, 4 pills three time a day
1000mg Canasa bedtime