If you're not losing weight and having to move your bowels a dozen or more times per day, there may not be any need for steroids. Many people start treating UC with rectal mesalamine plus oral mesalamine and that could be sufficient for you. Rectal steroids might be offered; side effects are much less with this option than with oral steroids.
Sorry for the long replies guys! I go 8-9 times a day usually, but the specialist seemed quite set on me taking steroids. I brought up the idea of a foam enema but he said it wouldn't do too much as it's quite spread. I dunno if that would apply to other rectal medications.
You don't have to take steroids at all, and I find it very strange your doctor hasn't put you on oral/rectal 5ASA (mesalamine/mesalazine/etc).
I don't see nicotine as a treatment, and to clarify Gary's statement....it's not that smokers who quit have a higher incidence of UC...it's that they already HAVE UC, but the symptoms have been controlled vial the smoking. From what I understand, it's not the nicotine that helps.
Get on 5ASA oral/rectal. Get your flare under treatment...at least start there.
Where exactly is your UC extended to...throughout or limited?
welcome to the forum,
I spoke to the specialist after the colonoscopy, as I said above I mentioned a foam enema and he said it wouldn't be much use as the UC is quite extensive inside. However I'm not actually having terrible BMs like I was a few weeks ago. I go at most 8-9 times a day, and for some reason it's slightly improved. I'm losing less blood, and they're less urgent than a few weeks ago. I haven't taken any prescribed medication, haven't changed my diet at all other than taking Actimel, that's the only thing I can think of that may have helped a bit. I'm a bit more able to manage it now, before I would feel terrible after going which doesn't happen anymore.