Thank you all for your replies.... very helpful information, although I'm not really sure I'm technically in a "flare" or in "remission". For as long as I can remember, I would have 2-3 BMs a day. My problems all started last October when I started having blood and mucous. I did get to a point where I'd go 7-10 times a day, until I was diagnosed and put on Prednisone for 6 weeks, 9 Colazal a day. I've been on the Colazal ever since, off Prednisone since late December 2007.
The past couple of months, I've had more "urgency" and days here and there where I go 4-5 times. Seems a bit more loose and watery too. 2-3 really seems to be the norm for me, as I mentioned, I've had active bowels for as long as I can remember (maybe I've had UC for longer than I think?!?!? - not sure on that one).
Anyways.... I 'believe', based upon my condition, I'm in a "flare", although I'm still just struggling with what is to be considered "normal" anymore. I mean, is it unreasonable to expect to have days/months/etc. where I have NO symptoms whatsoever?
Thanks again everyone for your comments... I'm already finding this website incredibly helpful for me as I struggle to cope with this disease.
- Diagnosed with moderate left-sided colitis - November 2007
- Colazal 3 (3 times daily)