One thing you should NOT expect is for you to be perfect at only one month since starting your meds.
You have improved....that is good.
You have a bit of mucus and some blood...is that improved from before or not? If it's improved...you're improving,
5ASA meds, both oral and rectal take longer...you want to use them if you can because you can have a nice med regimen for the next 20 years. how do I know? because it's what's worked for me.
Was I where you are concerned I wasn't getting better? Yes, and my doc said, continue to use the meds and it will improve...be patient. I was, it did.
UC takes time to heal...allow it.
Now, if you squat over a mirror, you can see externally what's going on. That too much info for you to know? lol...at least if it's a fissure, you'll see it clearly....or if there's an internal hemmie sticking out (thrombosed)..that'll be obvious as well.
So, hang tough with the UC.
Get the other stuff checked out to see if it's just UC and if there's something else going on, that can also be dealt with.
Mucus will happen with inflammation or not inflammation...but if you have that at this time with blood, I'd say you're still in the healing process.
Now if you have IBS as well...double whammy....
Eventually it'll make sense.
And one last bit.....if the doc suggests for you to go on pred....don't.
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x 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....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ 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 !!!