Some people have flares that only last a week or two, some a few months. Personally my longest flare was over a year before I finally got it under control a bit. Being in a flare can absolutely cause damage, in many ways. My last scope report stated I had loss of normal vascular pattern and a lot of scarring in my large intestine. I also have bone loss from being on predisone too much, and have to wear glasses full time now.
Basically it's in your best interest to try to get the flare under control as soon as possible but there's no way to know how long it will last, and if you can't seem to manage it, it's not your fault- sometimes it's just difficult to figure out. It differs from flare to flare as well and not every medication will work for you.
Anyway, good luck and feel free to post here all the time! Everyone is great and you should find some wonderful support to get you through this.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; oste
openia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use. Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)