I don't know how remission should be defined, but I am happy, happy, happy when I have no urgency. I don't care if I have some blood, my body makes more. When my stools are formed, I am just...amazed. I guess I have low expectations after all this time.
And I agree, once I'm feeling better I can eat things I wouldn't dare to in a flare. But I shouldn't ever, ever drink hard liquor!!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. Use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free diet, also none of the other foods tested sensitive to (cow's milk, soy, tomato, egg white, others)
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!
Replete probiotic. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for anemia.