I asked my GI the same question during my second flare. How will I know if the inflammation comes back? He said, "You'll know." And he was right. Every time I tried reducing my Prednisone dosage from 25 to 20 mgs, the bleeding would come back, and I knew the inflammation was back.
Taking Prednisone did give me time to try alternative treatments though. I did fecal transplantation, and the inflammation went away.
I've had three flares so far, and medicine did not put me in remission for any of these three flares. It was alternative methods such as Probiotics, fecal transplantation, and diet that put me in remission.
Please try alternative treatments if you aren't already. The medical community does not know why we get Colitis. They can only provide medicines that aim at reducing the inflammation and give us side effects or cut out our colons and give us j-pouches when those medicines stop working.
I guess people who have Colitis the hardest are those in which alternative treatments don't work. They can only hope that the medicine will work, that they won't get too many side effects, and that they won't have to get surgery.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Lexapro (for stress)
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
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