When is your next appointment exactly with the doctor? you "should" make a list of questions to have your appointment go efficiently.
Remember that you should be on rectal meds...since you're on Asacol, I would suggest for you to start with the Rowasa rather than the suppositories....getting the rectum controlled is really the goal, considering that's where UC starts and heals lastly.
Eventually, you'll get the hang of the meds, etc. You won't be able to plan every move, so to say, but with a good med regimen, oral and rectal, you'll be able to control most or all of your flares at the earliest by increasing the rectal when needed and tapering to maintenance.
Probiotics, I think for everyone, are a must.
Fibre supplements (subjective) help to bulk the stool, soften it, encourage the colon to work!. Make sure you don't consume artificial sweeteners...
Make sure you EAT!
Get your vitamin D checked....most IBDers are deficient in it according to my doc, not only the ones he assumed would be.
Do the reading and research, that helps immensely (for me anyway).
As well, make sure you get a copy of the pathology report and any blood tests that were done.
hope you feel better soon.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!