Fruitgirl, my symptoms are very similar to yours. I was diagnosed with UC in October of 1998. Thank God, it has never traveled past the rectum, although the CT scan showed inflamation throughout the colon when I was admitted to the hospital last May. However, six days later, when they performed the colonoscopy, low and behold, there was only ulcerations in the rectum and NOT throughout the colon. Weird huh?
My GI doctor explained to me that even though the UC is confined to my rectum, it can make me feel miserable and how right he is. The UC in the rectum is supposedly the easiest to treat too. I find the Cort enemas help immensely. At the moment I am in remission...I say at the moment because I never know when a flare will start. Usually this time of year is my worse, but keeping my fingers crossed for now. As soon as my rectum feels a little funky...spastic or whatever, I stick one of those cort enemas up there to let it know who is boss. This seems to help.
I went to a GI surgeon last summer and he was of the opinion that the 6MP is helping in keeping the UC confined to the rectal area. Eh, who knows?
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.