Hi kalupants..welcome to the forum!
I'm assuming it's actually Crohn's Colitis you have...Crohn's in the colon but following the development pattern of UC...it's one or the other.The treatments are pretty much the same.
I'm happy to hear the doctor didn't put you on prednisone as a first-line treatment....and that treating both ends in the hopes of treating the inflammation you have now and keeping it nice and quiet and limited is a good med strategy.
REgarding diets, as stated above, there are a lot of them, and some do follow strict food intake with varied results.
My suggestion would be for you to eat as healthily and as balanced as best you can, cutting out for sure artificial sweeteners and large amounts of "unhealthy foods"...
It's pretty subjective as to what one can tolerate regarding food...some do change their diet a bit when flaring compared to when they aren't.
How would you classify your diet at this time?
I would suggest you stick with the 5ASA meds you're on and only until you realise you're not improving to consider a change in it. I have much success with the 5ASA meds...for 20 years...and hoping it continues, where others doin't and do use the topical steroids or immuno suppressant type meds.
Do also check the Crohn's forum since that's what you have firstly....it's the "where" you have it that fits in with the UC forum. So, it'll be nice you can get lots of connections from both forum.
There are a few CDers with Crohn's Colitis that frequent this form.
What symptoms are you having at this time?
I hope you start to feel better soon.
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!