Yeah, I also think you may be tapering when you should not until you improve..and maybe take more if you don't improve. It's crazy to schedule a taper until you know how you respond, I'm surprised some GIs do that. That's what you do for poison ivy, but not a chronic disease that's flaring.
I'm not clear how much you are on now, 10th day and 50th day? Still at total 40 mg, or have you tapered down already?? If it were me, I would go back to the highest dose...but I have many years experience and pretty much always decide my needed dose.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days.