Welcome to the forum.
UC sucks and I'm sorry you have been diagnosed with this terrible disease, and are suffering so, and have to be a part of this terrible club.
As a newbie to the forum, I think it's important for you to know that you have options, which your doc probably won't tell you about. So let me share with you what's worked for me in the hopes it might help you too.
Some meds work for some and not for others.
For me, the traditional meds failed me and the mesalamines I became intolerant of.
And when the doc gave me a choice of surgery or remicade, I balked and had to find my own way.
He also told me diet has nothing to do with UC, but I found that it has a great deal to do with exacerbating its symptoms!
I found that by doing these things it helped control my symptoms by 75%:
1) adequate high intake of vitamin d3 ( need to get your levels checked first)
2) probiotics are key, are you on any?
3) slippery elm powder to coate the intestinal tract helped greatly
4) l-glutamine amino acid powder for long term colonic repair
5) curcumin is an important anti-inflammatory
6) astaxanthin and omega 3's are also important
7) food combining
8) diet modification as in gluten and dairy free, Paleo diet
9) rectal meds help lots of folks out
Despite the decrease in symptoms, I was still BLEEDING very heavily at every BM. The Last 25% was taken care of by LDN, low dose naltrexone, which put me in remission. Within a week of starting LDN, the heavy bleeding ( too many times to count with blood clots and mucuous) which I had had for 1 1/2 years straight, went down to ZERO. And that is all thanks to LDN!
If any of this interests you, there are things IMO that you can control, which will have a direct impact on your disease, the symptoms you experience and their severity.
IMO, it isn't one size fits all, and you have to find what works for you, and it may be a combination of things like diet, meds, supplements, etc...
I was able to control my UC into remission through various supplements, probiotics, diet modification, and LDN , low dose naltrexone.
For more info on the protocol which has put me into remission, please go to this link: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=1666318 , and look at the 11th post.
I hope you feel better and let us know how we can help you.
Rx meds didn't help me. But 4.5 mg LDN +Paleo diet +supplements=REMISSION.Protein shakes w/almond milk,Maca powder,L-Glutamine,D-Ribose,chia seeds.VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3,slippery elm bark powder.For more info,my protocol is the 11th post at this link: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=1666318
If you have any questions, you can find my email address at my profile.