I was in the same boat in Feb. I had a wedding to go to and I was teetering on the border of a terrible flare. I ended up being better for the wedding - to give you some hope. If you're taking 1200mg of Asacol a day, that is not a lot. It sounds to me like you may be taking 1200mg 3x a day which is a high dose. Did the GI say anything about
location of the inflammation? If it is in the rectum, the Asacol may not be reaching it. Asacol is designed to dissolve at a certain part of your GI tract and it doesn't treat inflammation in the rectum well. You should inquire about
rectal meds, either suppositories or enemas. I have never had a lot of pain with my UC other than the awful cramping. I had pain on the toilet, awful pain... and come to think of it, I spent most of my time on the toilet. I have seen a lot of people here complaining of pain so you're not alone in that respect. I think we all suffer from discomfort, cramping and urgency. Do you have urgency, lots of trips to the bathroom, gas, cramping, pass blood/mucus? Did they test your stool? I hope you find some answers soon!
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron