i think remission is absence of any UC symptoms. if you have symptoms you are flaring. end of story. the flare might be super mild all the way to severe, but symptoms are symptoms.
i was in remission for 6 months from dec 6 to may 29th. and that whole time, not one single symptom. nothing. its like i never had UC at all.
loved every freakin second of it too!
found out my grandma had cancer and stressed a bit and bam! -started with some D and mucous and then the blood came. thats a flare.
now the flare is bad. and it gets better some days and worse other days, but i consider myself still flaring if there are symptoms of any kind.
i bleed all the time at the moment. hence the iron infusions. i never worry about
the blood as i am used to it in my case.
some people arent used to it and freak out, which is fair enough. i have lots of pain as well, but thats me again. everyone is different with different scales of symptoms. but id say if you have any symptom at all, then your in a flare. if you werent in a flare, then you would have no symptoms. simple as that.
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again.. grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day