ktsl, it sounds like it might be UC to me as well. When I first began showing symptoms, it was blood in my stool and gas cramps, but I didn't have diarhea, so I assumed it was hemmies. This would come and go every few months. I had no health insurance at the time, so I ignored it as long as possible. When the amount of blood and the cramping got worse I went to an Urgent Care and they referred me to a specialist...but I still didn't have health insurance, so I never saw the specialist. This went on for another 4 or 5 years until I got a bacterial infection. By then I had insurance so I saw a doc, got a scope, and got my official dx. I'd recommend getting in to see a doc and possibly getting a scope done. The sooner you find out for sure, the sooner you can start trying to heal it.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06, had symptoms since '99
Meds & supplements: VSL#3, Lialda, Allegra, multi-vitamin, Wellbutrin XL, fluoxetine, and vit B-12.
Spinach/sunflower seed diet for over two months with positive results!