Sometimes I convince myself I'm doing better enough to taper my prednisone...but that admittedly doesn't work very well. I end up going up in dose again, sometimes even higher, if I haven't let it work long enough.
That said, I don't worry about
a little blood. I bleed a little most of the time and my body makes more and I can still feel good.
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; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion).
Flaring, seasonal? Back on prednisone, tried to taper but now back up to 30 after several really bad days. Humira denied, waiting for approval to start Remicade.