I think a LOT has to do with the initial doctor whose care we're under. The rest can go to good results or extremely bad...depending on many variables.
I was on my meds looooooooooong before the internet access, so I had to depend on the library and my doctor for information. Thankfully, I responded to the 5ASA, but it did take about
2 years for me to figure out a rectal med regimen that was acceptable to my butt's requirements.
Emotionally, I've always been a mess and high maintenance, and that has a lot to do with the other "stuff" that I deal with on a continual basis. I'll never be without meds, and I know that if I don't get my distress at least somewhat more under control, my butt will follow suit.
Are things perfect? no....but at least I have an option for me to maintain a good poop schedule and a quick control of symptoms should they go awry if they're UC-related. My doc till be retiring, so I'm already in a tailspin of the starting with a new doc and who I should go with.
Oh, just to add....will I take all the options of meds for UC? uh, no.
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!