I am sorry for your losses as well...you have had quite a stressful and emotional year. I agree with the above mentioned that stress is a huge trigger for the UC and flare ups...the onset of my UC occurred almost immediately after our wedding, which to me was very stressful. : )
Your symptoms are experienced by each and every one of us is some way or another. We all understand your frustration and confusion. As for the foods...it is a unique situation for each person. However, when in a flare do try to avoid nuts, seeds, grains, and other foods that normally cause a bit of a problem, maybe beans, lettuce, coffee, etc. I have moderate/severe pancolitis, which is UC of the entire colon, and let me tell you that when I'm in a full blown flare the only foods I can tolerate is applesauce and soup.
Prednisone is an evil drug, but the only one that helps the severity of my condition. I also believe you should see your doctor sooner than later, and try different medicine combinations until your flare is under control.
I'm sorry that you're suffering...this really can be a disease that de-humanizes you at times and for me makes me feel far from a woman. I'm glad you have found this site and forum...I too am new to this and already feel more accepting of my situation just knowing others are exactly where I am.
I wish you the best of luck!
: ) Robin
Dx-May 2007 Asacol-2400mg bid Prednisone-20mg Remicade-4 Tx
Paxil-40mg Prilosec-bid Multivitamin Moderate/Severe Pancolitis
28 year old Mommy of a 1 year old and a Wife for almost 2 years!
Life has never been so sweet! I appreciate the small things in life...the little joys that occur every second of every day. Though we struggle and have crazy complications, nothing can over ride our love and happiness.