I never officially had a "flare" until this summer. But I was diagnosed back in July '06 after an infection, and they put me on Asacol right away. For two years I rarely had d, occasional loose stool, no blood or mucous, and was actually constipated most of the time, so I guess I was in remission. Then I stopped the Asacol this last July, and I flared right up. Now I'm fighting to get things back under control. My "remission" had its drawbacks though, I was always tired and felt like anything beyond basic life was too much exertion. It was a chore to drag myself to work, and after work, I'd go home and sleep. On the weekends I'd sleep inordinate amounts of time. I'd fall asleep during lunch breaks, or even sitting and reading the paper at work. So while my digestive system was working, the rest of me wasn't.
I'm hoping for a more balanced approach to remission this time. Like maybe some energy to do a little exercising, maybe leave the house for more than work or doctor appts, maybe get a life and actively participate in it. It's been a long, difficult summer for me, but I've got my hopes that this winter will see some progress, and I'll be back to at least 75% of my old self by spring. While I've always been somewhat asocial, I've never been keen on almost total isolation, which is what I have now. Thank heavens for this forum.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema, Prednisone (trying to taper down)