For me, my symptoms were like a roller coaster. Had very bad symptoms, severe urgency, weight loss, bleeding, several trips to the bathroom to pass mucous mostly, slight fever, chills, severe pain just before, during and especially after a BM. had to lie down on bed to recover. Was pretty well house bound at various intervals of my flare ups. Rowasa would help with the symptoms. No other drug seemed to help, just make it worse, and I tried more than I care to remember. This roller coaster of being well/not well lasted for 8 years. Had probably 7+ scopes in my life, some of which my doctor said my insides looked like they had gone through a meat grinder, had 5 benign polyps removed. It seemed everytime I moved to a new house, I would get sick again.
I moved alot in the first 5 years of my marriage. As I reflect back, each house I moved in had water damage or damp or moldy basements. I was also on birth control pills for a long time (which allows yeast to proliferate), and was given antibiotics in my teen years and I suspect after the delivery of my first child. I had high group B Strep, but can't specifically remember if I was given antibiotics. (My symptoms first appeared within months of my first baby). I also loved bread, and other high carb foods such as pasta, sweets and potatoes. ( a possible clue that fungus could be the problem. It is a parasite and needs these foods to survive).
So, after researching on my own, I discovered UC can have a fungal etiology. For me, it made sense. I went on an antifungal diet and was blown away to discover my symptoms were getting better after only a 2 week period of the diet. (Diet was pretty well all whole natural foods -choices from any meats/fish/poultry, most veggies (no potatoes or corn- which is really a grain, berries, eggs..., BUT-NO grains, yeast, alcohol, processed/artificial sugar, or high sugar fruits. I also took natural antifungals -olive leaf extract and rotated with caprylic acid. I continued on a phase 2 of the diet for probably six months. Since then, have not been on meds or had any flares. I don't follow the diet strictly today, but am aware of what goes in my mouth. I stay away from processed foods if possible, yeast still bothers my gut (gas/bloating). So far, so good. That was 6 years ago.
Fungus is becoming implicated in more than just UC symptoms. More and more it is coming to light that antifungals are helping those with a myriad of health problems, even cancer. I am now a FUPO head...fungus until proven otherwise. :)