Hi and welcome. I coped by learning as much as I could about
the disease...but, that's comforting for me and I was 30 when I was diagnosed! Learning about
it helped me realize that I'll likely live a pretty normal life and allowed me to come to terms with the idea of having a colectomy and living life with a j-pouch or ostomy, which is the "worst" possible outcome.
At any rate, you should probably get on some rectal meds (mesalamine enema is what I'd suggest) and probably upping your Asacol dose (12/day is the maximum). Definitely do that and give it a good chance to work before considering something like prednisone. Also get on a probiotic supplement (do that NOW...don't need a prescript
ion for it) and consider a fiber supplement as well.
When I was flaring, I tried to eat very low residue (limited fruits and veggies and nothing whole-grain) just to be kinder to my colon. Now that I'm in remission I can eat pretty much anything. When it comes to UC, diet affects each of us very differently.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).