I was told by my doctor that Remicade can take about
three infusions before a change can be seen, and some on this forum say about
5. I saw some positive change with the first two, but then quickly regressed back into a constant flare. I went 8 weeks between infusions one time and that was horrible...we tried six before my 4th infusion and then four weeks before my 5th, which was just a desperate attempt to give me any kind of relief prior to surgery.
As for the stress part...definitely try working on maintaining your mental health. Stress is a HUGE contributor to flares and the severity of them once they're active. Medication is a wonderful way to help maintain that stress and evil thoughts. : ) I like Paxil and if that's not enough then Effexor is pretty amazing!
As for the foods...I really stayed away from high lactose dairies, fiber and spicy foods. Along with nondigestable foods such as raw veggies, lettuce, corn, broccoli, anything with small seeds...oh and sugar. : ) What did work was rice based foods...rice milk, rice cereal...just rice in general. : )
I wish you the best of luck!
: ) Robin
28 year old Mommy of a 1 year old and Wife for almost 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!