Be sure you are re-hydrating, drinking lots of water. Can't hurt, should help. So sorry you are suffering. Getting sick from anything, even a cold, makes me flare to varying degrees and takes me a while to recover from.
How nice to be able to email your doctor. I wonder if mine has started working with patients that way...I don't see her very often.
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.