Better living through chemistry. Asacol helped me a lot, and I have been taking it for decades with no side effects. It's an anti-inflammatory that doesn't dissolve until it hits your gut because of the coating. I hope it helps you. Being deliberate about
your diet and exercising is great, but this stuff is stubborn and you will probably need medicine.
I firmly believe I got UC from taking Accutane. I was diagnosed a year or so after I took it, in the mid-1980's. It was too long ago for records to still exist so I can't join the litigation going on now...you might look into it. I just wish they knew about
probiotics back then.
My worse trigger food is iceberg lettuce, if that helps. And grain alcohol makes me bleed. I can do greasy and spicy but not high fiber.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days.