LOL, I was pretty sure I was flaring because I was going 20-25 times a day, bleeding, having pain, etc. When you're in remission, you will have minimal to no signs of UC. No bleeding, diarrhea, pain.
Most people are able to achieve remission within a few weeks with 5-ASA medications. Unfortunately, they didn't really help me a lot. Nor did the other drugs they gave me. Fortunately, I responded very well to Remicade and am now living a normal life.
I'm glad to hear you're in the majority for whom Asacol is effective!
I'll be happy to answer any questions you have.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"