Remission is no meds, no symptoms. As long as you are on meds you are not in a true remission. The only way to know for sure is to taper off meds and see if your symptoms reappear.
Do not be too anxious to get off meds. Too many people can't wait to get off meds as soon as symptoms disappear or out of fear of side effects. That is often a mistake. It takes time, sometimes several years, to "normalize" you immune system.
I have been tapering for almost 3 years and been asymptomatic the entire time. Just discussed further taper with my doctor and will try to finally eliminate prednisone in a few months but wait for about a year after that to stop taking imuran. No rush since I am doing so well and have no side effects.
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
Meds: prednisone 5mg, 50mg imuran, Lotrel 40/5mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller