I started developing symptoms when I was 5 months pregnant with our second child. Our family doctor repeately told me it was just hemmoriods, and not to worry about it. The bleeding and mucous in my stool was so great, I had no energy, and literally thought I was going to die. After a year, of not being checked, and told I still had hemmeriods, I decided enough was enough. I got a second opionion. The doctor was horrified by my symptoms, and sent me for an emergency colonoscopy.... the results indicated I had ulcerative colitis. I find the Asacol has really improved my quality of life, but at times I still have flare ups. Including intense cramping, and mucous and bleeding. I am continually exhausted, but I believe that is a result of the colitis, not from the Asacol itself. It is a disease I would not wish upon my worst enemy, and I hope one day.... there may be a cure to stop the suffering.