Hi! So sorry you are ill and welcome to the forum. Believe me, no one hates taking pills more than I do. Up until I was 52 yrs old did I take more than a vitamin. I was very fortunate. Ulcerative proctitis hit back in 1998 with the same exact symptoms that you are exhibiting. I was on that Atkins diet and thought for sure that was what was causing the symptoms, although my GI doctor said no, just coincidence. Oh well, who is to say?
My condition worsened to the point where I had to be hospitalized and there is where I was diagnosed through a colonoscopy. Actually, I was relieved because I thought for sure I had cancer. My paternal grandmother died from cancer of the rectum at age 65. Looking back I am sure she had UC but back in 1952 no one knew much about it or at least didn't talk about it.
Last year was my worse flare ever and I have a feeling it was initiated by taking a bubble bath with cheap Dollar Store bubbles. People with UC have a compromised immune system and something as simple as a bacterium creeping into your body can create havoc and this sure did. But let me explain that while flaring it helps me to follow a low residue diet, along with all the meds. It took me seven months and a ten day hospitalization before attaining remission but I am symptom free now since November 1st. That was the day I took my last prednisone pill after a seven month course. I still take the Colazal and 6MP (on 6MP for about five yrs now). I cut the 6MP down to 50 mgm because my WBC was 2.4 and that is far too low.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!! Hope I don't jinx myself. Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks. Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.