Pessimist, the natural course of this disease is one of remissions and flares. Medications are used to try to increase the ratio of remission days to flare days. Even with medications some of us can have flares. And even without meds some of us will go into remission. The tough thing is that we don't have control over it and there's no way to predict which group we're in.
Because of the course of the disease, it can be really hard for an individual to know what helps and what doesn't. I don't believe I'd ever have gotten into remission without Remicade, but then I don't know that for sure. All we can do is make the best choices we know how, and hope for the best.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off.
Current meds are Colazal,
Azathioprine Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.