#of BM's/Remission

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   Posted 2/11/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I feel like I'm in remission now after flaring for the past 6 months on and off. I just finished with my Colocort prescription and am now back on the Rowasa enemas, on top of my normal medication regimine. But I'm still having about 3-4 BM's per day, usually in the morning. My question to all of you is: how many BM's do you consider normal when you are in remission? I don't have any other symptoms besides this and all of my BM's are normal and well-formed and free of blood (sorry to be TMI). But it still sort of bothers me that I have to go this much. In my pre-UC days, it was usually once a day, but I don't ever expect to go back to that.
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Jenny, 25 
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in February 2005
Currently taking:
Cloazal (9 pills/daily)
Colocort (nightly, semi-nightly) Rowasa enemas (nightly)
Probiotic--VSL 3 (once daily, sometimes more)
Multi-Vitamin (daily)
Folic Acid (daily)
FiberCon (2 pills daily)

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 2/11/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually only have one or two a day when in remission. But if you are blood and D free, YAY!
Leslie, 30~ left-sided UC diagnosed in 1999
9 asacol x day
nightly rowasa (as needed)
multi-vitamin, calcium

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   Posted 2/11/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Go by how many you had before you got sick with IBD.

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   Posted 2/11/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
1-3 unless my IBS acts up and then more.
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 2/11/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
1-3, but I almost always have mucus in one of them
Diagnosed in spring 2005 at age 28
Currently on 12 asacol pills a day + Entocort

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   Posted 2/11/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
1-3 unless I have too many fruits & vegies.  Then it's more.


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   Posted 2/11/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
1-3 for me also, free of blood, mucous and pain.
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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 2/11/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I would also say 1-3 is normal for me in remission with no blood or mucous.

Diagnosed with UC October 1998
(First flare treated as a parasite for 6 months before getting referred to Gastro Doc)

Meds: Sulfasalazine 1500mg TID, 5 Camel Lights a day

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   Posted 2/11/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I go every other day. That's how it was before UC too. If I'm stressed or worried its more.
Diagnosed in September 2004
In remission since January 2006
Currently on Asacol, amitriptlyine, ortho tri-cyclen lo, some immodium
"If you don't like it, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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   Posted 2/11/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
IMHO, there's a difference between three times spaced out during the day - particularly after meals that kinda get the bowels moving. Three or four times in the morning before you can get out the door or get your day started good doesn't count as being in remission in my mind. Neither does regular use of enemas.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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   Posted 2/11/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
2-3 for me, unless I'm naughty with my diet.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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   Posted 2/11/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard that anywhere from about 1 - 5 is remission, depending on the individual
Pancolitis dx 3/07
9 Colazal a day (was on 12 Asacol/day, but suddenly got sick from it)
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent, reached this dose 9/07)
Various vitamins, bit of fish oil, a probiotic.
Getting married October, 2008!!!!

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