How to stay in remission?

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   Posted 2/26/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm finally (dare I say it!!!) in a remission.  It's taken 7 months, lots of different meds and a lot of frustration to get here.  Any advice on how to avoid flares and stay in remission?  Anything I shoud avoid?  I can't pinpoint any specific triggers because something may affect me and then I'll be fine with it next time I eat it.  Thanks!
Diagnosed UC June 2007 (mis-diagnosed with IBS for 3 years)
Current meds: Asacol 9 12/day, Prednisone 10 mg (YAYYY!), Prilosec 40mgfish oil, iron, multivitamin, probiotic.
6-MP 25mg 75mg 50mg, Cortenema, Remicade

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   Posted 2/26/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
My philosophy about it is, if it's working, don't change a thing.
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 2/26/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't stop taking your medication, eat well, get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, don't get too stressed out!
left-sided UC since 11/05
 Rowasa, Colazal, Calcium, Centrum
Natren Healthy Trinity Probiotics

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   Posted 2/26/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes - stay on your meds. Sleep when you need to. Avoid stress! (yah - I know!) And at the first sign of a new flare - treat with rectal meds - which will hopefully keep it as just a blip on the radar :)
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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   Posted 2/26/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Stay on your meds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously....there are probably other factors for different people, but I have always eaten healthy and kept in good shape, yet I always fell ill after going off my meds.
I have stayed faithfully on my meds for a few years now, and I am in remission for a few years now.
The mantra "if it aint broken, dont fix it" is a good one! yeah
Currently in remission since September 2004!!!  I am on Imuran 150 mg and am LOVING life!

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   Posted 2/26/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't alter anything. Keep your meds the same. Don't concentrate about falling out of remission. That'll just add stress and bump you out.
Good luck!! :)
19 years old
Diagnosed March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, Imodium when I need it
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou

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   Posted 2/26/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
And be realisitic...the nature of the beast is that even sticking to meds/diets religiously does not guarantee you won't flare up again, simply because still not enough is known about IBD. When you start to flare again, don't ignore it, nip it in the bud asap.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 2/26/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
if you;re in remission, do what you're doing. Congrats!!!
Pharmacy Student
Class of 2009, MWU

Diagnosed 8/99.  Suffered for almost 10 years.  I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearning remission.  I feel fantastic!  My next goal is to gain the 15 lbs I lost 6 weeks ago and start living life again.  I have lost so many years to this disease. 

I decided to become a pharmacist to understand these drugs, and to help fellow sufferers of IBD.  My goal is to open up a pharmacy and take care of my patients(particularly explaining what the drugs do to you), compound special medications, and have a great practice. 

3200 mg Asacol, 5 mg prednisone

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