if you have any symptom at all you are flaring.
its when you are clear of everything and poo normally with no pain, blood, mucous, cramps (not normal ones anyway), D, etc...
even if you have mild symptoms and few of them, you are still technically in a flare.
flares can last days, weeks, months, years.
if you are completely symptom free, then you are in remission.
steph - 33 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
was in remission until i quit smoking 5 weeks ago o.O now im flaring like a solar flare!
waiting for blood test to see if i can start imuran
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
just finished 3 months of prednisolone (worked) and now back on 40mg a day (ick)
quercertin tablets, tumeric capsules, vitamin d3, enteric coated fish oil
pre-conception vitamins and minerals (cuz we trying to make a baby)
oxycontin for pain every 4 hours. plastic bags in the loo from the involuntary puking.
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all ... diet doesn't affect my UC.