I am 32 years old and what diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in November of 2009.
So, I have only been dealing with this for a year. I was sent to one gastro doctor in August of 09 and they thought i was just having problems from having my gallbladder taken out even though I told them that there was blood involved. But they didn’t listen. So, they waited until November to do a colonoscopy and then discovered I had UC. They gave me Asacol and a few other meds but I had reactions to all of them. I then went over a month without any meds at all while i waited for the doctor to get back with me. So, I finally changed doctors and they treated me with Prednisone immediately. I am now on my second round of prednisone because the first did not work. I only have one more week on the prednisone but I am afraid that it still didn’t work. I am better than I was. I mean I went from going 12+ times a day to 3 to 5 times a day but I am still getting up at least twice during the night. I am also very bloated almost all of the time and there is still a little blood. What is “normal” for someone with UC? Is going to the bathroom 3 to 5 times a day normal? Is bloating and gas normal or side effects of the prednisone? Will there always be a little bit of blood? Basically what I am asking is how will I know for sure when I am in remission? What should I expect?