1.Can someone define Remission for me? Does it mean a complete feeling good? Not more than 1 bowel movement? No blood? No mucus? No urgency?
For me, remission is 1-2 BM's day, no blood (I didn't have much anyway), and most imporantly NO URGENCY! Basically, my pre-UC normal is remission.
2.I see some ppl on remission and NOT takin meds... isn't that bad?
Well, it's a personal choice, but I honestly feel it's not a good idea. Studies show that people who stay on maintenance meds have longer periods of remission. To me, it's worth it to take meds daily to help prevent flares. However, some people have found a lot of success with diet and supplements. I'm too scared to go off my meds to really give it a shot. And I seem well-controlled so far by my Rx meds and probiotics.
3.What r some crazier Side effect of pred i need to know B4 i start it?
I basically had no side effects other than slight moonface. The more common immediate side effects are insomnia, moodiness, weight gain, etc. These are all just temporary. The scary ones, which are usually not a problem with short term use are bone loss/osteoporosis.
4.Also as far as the sunflower and spinach diet? What is the success rate? i see lots and lots of posts but does it really work?
I doubt anyone can give you a true success rate, as this diet hasn't been tested. It's just something that people on here have tried, and it works for some, but not for others. I don't think it's harmful to try it, though.
5. last Q... if i like to ask Qs like this should i start a new thread or just continue it here?
Just continue here.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).