Hi, I'm sorry you are struggling with this, you're scenario sounds so similar to mine. I was diagnosed with Proctitis in Sept 2006 and then 5 weeks ago discovered this lovely disease has spread much further along the colon. I have known for years that something was worng but had always been led to believe it was just IBS by doc's. Like you I would have 1 or 2 day periods of bleeding and I would have episodes of constipation that would sometimes last for 10 days and then 1 or 2 days of chronic diarrhoea. Unfortunately stomach cramps are par for the course for a lot of UC sufferers and the constant urge to go to the loo is called 'tenesmus' and I feel those symptoms during a flare and also often when I am feeling well. I feel my bowels often have a life of their own!
With regards to the food thing - yep my big NO NO is egg and also banana. They both give me chronic stomach ache,cramps and leave me feeling sick. I find most food containing pips are a nightmare and I steer clear of nuts, most fruits and shop bought cakes and biscuits. I have recently started baking my own bread and have not had any bad effects. Everyone is different, some people are unaffected by most foods and some need a gluten free diet, I am thankful I can still drink alcohol where's many people can't tollerate it.
It took me a good year to get into tune with what I can/cant eat and i'm still learning. I often seem to flare after visiting friends in Devon, perhaps the change of water? not sure. Many of us have unanswered questions about this disease and we are all learning new things everyday. The help here is great though and people will support you during this difficult time. If you do have Colitis you will learn to accept it (annoying as it is) and will become very in tune with what helps/hinders you. The guys on here are so much help and you soon realise you are not alone.
You didn't mention if your doctor has given you any meds yet?
Hope everything works out well for you, let us know how you go
Diagnosed with Proctitis in Sept 2006.
3 x 3 Colazide daily,Pentasa supp one a day,Predsol 1 x daily, vit c, ecinacea, aloe vera tabs, multi vit, pro-biot,pre biot, colofac and fish oil