Hi Jeff...good to hear your doc got you up to at least the right amount of meds for treatment....maybe you can eventually taper to the one daily..but with having left-sided UC, I would think that the 2 daily would be best. Not too high, not too low.
Please be patient with 5ASA meds....like the tortoise and the hare analogy.
If you can use them, it's best for lowest possible dose for as long as possible. So far for me it's been almost 19 years...I intend that to continue.
Learn how to use the enemas effectively. You must taper them...but do let us know once you're "normal". You react well quickly to them...that's a good sign.
As far as food, that's my doc's suggestion as well. I've never been afraid of food, and do recognise foods that tend to cause me gas. Gas is the major contributor of discomfort to me except when flaring...then it's gas and rectal pain. My flares are minimal...but I do deal with them asap.
Anyway...do make wise choices as to what you think you can eat with having the most comfort....but make sure you eat. I believe that many newly diagnosed patients stay away from food believing that it will help, but it doesn't. Trial and error....
Hope you find the right balance for you.
Keep us posted.
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!