Welcome to Healingwell.
Sorry to hear about
your recent dx, but having UC isn't the worst thing in the world, it just requires a few adjustments to your life style. As Princessa said, don't stop the Asacol, it really does help, it just takes some time.
Before you start panicing, wait for the biopsies to come back and you've talked with your doctor again. In the beginning, it is really scary to find out you have a lifelong health condition, but once you find what works for you, things will smooth out.
It is important to remember that UC is a very personalized disease and what works for one doesn't always work for others. Please read through some of the threads here and on the Crohn's forum. You'll soon understand what I mean by personalized disease.
I wish I could paste a "What to do when you have Ulcerative Colitis" instruction manual for you, but there isn't any. Just try to educate yourself about
what UC is, and gather as much info from this forum as you can. I always say this, but the most useful tool for me was to keep a food journal. List what foods you eat everyday, and how you felt afterwards (keeping in mind that sometimes you don't know how it affected you for 24 hours!).
Here is a thread that I found very helpful, and I've been living with UC for about
3 years now.
The thread is titled : I just got diagnosed with UC...help!
If you have any other questions, don't be afraid to ask, but be patient. Not everyone is online all the time.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema, Prednisone (down to 10mg...yay!)
Post Edited (beartooth) : 10/3/2008 2:15:50 AM (GMT-6)