Hello everyone! I just joined this group today! I was diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis a year ago and just wanted to see if anyone shares my symptoms? They are not the typical UC symptoms so I always thought I had IBS. However, the blood in my stool warranted a colonoscopy which proved my IBS assumption wrong. Does anyone else have constipation as their primary UC symptom? I rarely get diarrhea. Before I went to my GI specialist, coffee always helped me stay regular. However, my doctor also diagnosed me with GERD and esophogitis. As a result, he told me to completely quit caffeine which has really made my constipation worse. I have been prescribed a daily laxative but I hate it because of the excessive gas and cramps it causes. Since I experience constipation, gas, and cramps almost daily, the only indication of a flare up that I've noticed is passing excessive mucus. Does anyone experience something similar to this? Thanks!