I remember when I would beg to take 60 mg prednisone, and beg to take some of it later in the day because I thought it was wearing off... But now I worry more about the effects of prednisone than seeing blood. I find urgency and pain less tolerable than bleeding. For me the bleeding never really goes away, but I only seek prednisone if I have pain.
49 year old female, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
Currently tapering off presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.