I think it is a good question. I had the same one. I think a flare is when you are having symptoms, inflammation, etc, even if there is no bleeding. And remission would most likely be no signs of symptoms, inflammation. So, there are also bad flares and mild flares in my opinion. When I was first diagnosed a few months back, I was in a bad flare (not as bad as some I've read about
though) and then I got better(possible remission?) and then Due to stress I think I've had a mild flare, but this time symptoms are not as bad and no blood. This is just what I think. I'm not positive though.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications: Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasax X 2 Vitamins: Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
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