Hi! Sorry I didnt see your replies. So here is an update: I did not follow my doctor's advice and take Miralax. Instead I quit smoking, and two days later, I put myself on prednisone (this was before he got back to me). I felt better within a few days and did a super fast taper off the pred, since at that point, I was unsure if it was even a flare or constipation or what. I was only on pred 10 days. The 5th day of pred, I stupidly started smoking again (May 18). I felt mostly fine until a few days ago, when I started having some gut pain return and I was only going to the bathroom sometimes every other day (not normal for me at all since getting UC) and it was small amounts. Well, yesterday the pain got somewhat bad again and today I see blood. I did take Miralax last night to see if my doctor was right, but it did nothing. And now that there is blood, I have again started myself on prednisone. I will call my doctor tomorrow morning. I am assuming smoking must be causing this and will quit this week.
Serenity Now: I know! Same thing happened to me when I first got UC in 2007! I was told I just had a fissure and to take stool softeners. I did and then all hell broke loose. And yes, I still have Pumpkin! She is doing great! She turns 7 this summer. Thanks for asking.
IPoop: Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, I have tried every anti-spasmodic out there and unfortunately, they dont do anything for me. I'll see what my doctor says about
a scan. He is generally a great doctor, and I have been pleased with him, but I dont think he was right this time.