There are definitely a lot of things that come into play regarding bowel functioning. Most of us have IBS and it's sometimes difficut to determine when UC (without the "normal flare symptoms") or IBS is happening..or both.
Remember as well, that some foods can have action in the digestive tract and colon as well...so one should also recognise if there is a connection there.
But food won't cause one to have flare symptoms with bleeding....others will disagree.
Qwerty...have you been thoroughly checked out regarding reproductive problems...such as ovarian problems, endometriosis, hormones..etc? Some females have many bowel symptoms relating to that.
I do believe that the colon is one of the fastest learning organs in the body and can become overreactive like a temper tantrum or lazy like a couch potato quickly if things aren't dealt with. That could be food and/or med and/or supplement intervention/support.
Have you given rectal meds a fair try? apologies if I've asked a thousand times..
You should still try the 5ASA retention enemas such as Pentasa, Salofalk or Asacol.
*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 !!!