Ulcerative colitis is a disease of flares and remissions. Completely unmedicated, about
10% of people will have one flare and never hear from our friend UC again. Others will have varying duration remissions, and a the remainder will never go into remission. With medications, 80% of people can maintain a satisfactory remission the majority of the time and live a normal life. about
20% will end up having surgery.
That's what makes it so hard for us to know what really works. Is this remission due to something I did, ate or took, or is it just a natural remission I would have had anyway?
I'm glad you're in remission and hope you stay there forever. Only time will tell.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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