I am currently working. May be my story helpful to you if you want to alter your treatment.
started at 2007, but I did not pay enough attention, basically just using antibiotics. I had really hard time back in 2009 at which time I was preparing some exams. I guess the situation was similar to yours. it was really really tough that I was hospitalized 3 times , almost 1 month each time and at same time i had to prepare exams. I was finally under control by prednisone. initial dose was 40mg ( i guess) and tapered down to 5mg and i was on that minimum dose for like 1 and half years. flares came back but mildly after i was totally off prednisone and I started to try Asocal HD but with very limited improvement. I would not say it was a bad flare up, just 2 to 3 bm trips per day and sometimes little blood and mucus. Then I saw some articles about
SCD diet and decided to give it a try, I was not following it in a restrict way yet still very careful about
food. and about
same time my GI started to prescribe me Canasa suppository which now seems a life-change decision. I was brought to remission shortly and never found problem since then. i did a yearly scopy last Jun and GI said he only found very limited inflammation patches (5 cm) at rectum area and thought it was minor and totally manageable.
now I am using Canasa suppository 3 to 4 times per week and VSL #3 per pill per day and loosely follow SCD diet.
UC usually starts at rectum part so I guess suppository should be more helpful when it restricted to this area than when it extended. And if you can control it when it just starts you should be fine.
Post Edited (toniling310) : 1/19/2015 7:26:27 PM (GMT-7)