Hi, I'm really sorry you have this DD, but welcome to HealingWell.
Eight pills a day is a totally normal dose of this medication. Many people take 12 pills each day. It's sad, but most of the maintenance medications for this condition require a lot of large pills.
As far as diet, that varies from person to person. One way to start out is to keep a food diary for a couple of months, then look back and see if there are any patterns as far as what foods bother you. Then avoid the foods that seem to make you worse.
It's very important to remember that this is a chronic disease, curable only by surgery. It will come and go (flares and remissions), but in general will come less frequently and less fiercely if you take your maintenance medication (Salofalk) all the time - even when you feel well.
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