There are different levels of inflammation...some not visible to the eye.
There are different phases of healing as well....what you don't want is having fragile tissue...hence my suggestions and urging of using rectal meds.
The 5ASA meds do help keep inflammation down as best as possible...they are also believed to help prevent cancer....remember that chronic inflammation can encourage cancer.
IBS also happens in many of us......some UC symptoms can be like IBS...hard to distinguish sometimes.
Is one in early symptoms of a flare or still in a flare but suffering from a different level of inflammation.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!