Technically, remission is when you have no symptoms at all. Whatever your normal symptoms - pain, bleeding, diarrhea or constipation - all gone. You feel good and can go about
your normal life. Many of us consider a state somewhat less than this as remission. I have no pain, bleeding or diarrhea, but I do still go two or three times a day - a minor inconvenience for me.
There's another measure, which is the appearance of your colon through the scope. My last colonoscopy looked absolutely normal. If the history and the pictures from previous scopes (which showed my red, raw colon walls pitted with ulcers) weren't known, no one would have suspected I have UC. I still have it, I'm not cured, it's just that my medication has controlled the inflammation to the point where I have no symptoms - either subjective (symptoms) or objective (C-scope.)
Judy - Southern US
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
Co-Moderator UC Forum
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