First off, in Austin there are two groups of GI docs. No matter how hard you look, they're all in 2 groups. I've been to both. They all have the same list of meds they go down and it usually begins and ends with prednisone. I'm hoping this doc in Houston, who is a colo-rectal specialist and not a GI, will have more, so I'll let you know if it's worth the drive.
First I had Stassen. He dx me and said "you have ulcerative colitis, you can find info about it online". Wouldn't tell me anything at all no matter how much I asked. Then later on when I was having trouble dealing with the fact I was 29, never sick, didn't even take aspirin, and would be on drugs the rest of my life now...he basically told me to deal with it and take my meds like he told me b/c he knew EVERYTHING about it b/c he was at the leading edge of the research. I was going to change anyway, but that's when I started the vitamin E enemas and scd (which might work for you since you are early on). I was well for 18 months with that.
Then I tried Friedman. I was well when I went to see her, and pregnant. She said there were lots of options when you're pregnant before steroids (since it can stunt growth of the baby) and then wouldn't you know? First dang medication she called in was steroids when I was afraid I would flare. Then, I told her I thought I was allergic to mesalamine b/c of a few incidents when I took it and she basically made me feel stupid and told me that wasn't true. Then in her paperwork that I just got to give to this doc it says she thinks I have an allergy to it b/c of what I've told her. geez. So I was in the hospital, it was worthless, and when the high dose liquid steroids didn't work it was straight to surgery. When I told her I wasn't going to decide that all doped up, especially since they wouldn't do the type I wanted, she looked at me like a poor puppy who'd just got hit by a car and wouldn't make it. Not to mention the whole comment about it being like having your appendix removed.
The best results I've gotten ever were from the vitamin e enemas and the licorice tincture. Nothing from the docs.
dx late April 2005 with pancolitis UC after birth of my son (second child)... meds didn't work (or rather they would work and then randomly stop)
Started SCD and vit e enemas 12/9/05...that and meds = remission 12/11/05, off meds 12/20 (were on the way out before that), stopped continuous enemas 3/23 and use them only when I feel a flare coming on.
Beautiful perfect baby boy born with no drugs and only vit e enemas during pg - 10/14/07
He also had no gas or discomfort while nursing from me being on the diet.
Didn't use the enemas last flare since I was nursing and regretting it now, wasted time in the hospital with drugs that did nothing but ravish my body, now on my own and almost better... vit e, weaning pred, licorice