So sorry to hear you are flaring again after enjoying remission. Isn't remission wonderful!!! I have had UC for almost eleven years. After my first bout, I had a two year remission but I was bad....took myself off the Asacol (that was my maintenance med) because I actually thought the UC wouldn't come back. WRONG! It leared its ugly head again in 2000. This time the doctor put me on Colazal instead of Asacol because my problem is in the rectum. Another two years of remission. In 2002 the doctor added the 6MP while I was still on the prednisone for that bout. Well, 6MP has not kept me in remission. I wonder why I still take it. I have a flare every year but this past year I had two flares within eight months of each other. The flare I suffered in May of 08 was a doozy, had to be hospitalized for ten days. That flare lasted seven months. Seven months later in May of 09...boom, another flare. Slowly coming out of this one.
I wonder also what triggers each one. I know I was under a a lot of stress in 2003 thru 2005, daughter went through a bad divorce, etc.. However this past May we were vacationing....maybe eating too much red meat...pizza??? Who knows? Doctor said it isn't diet related but I think diet plays some kind of role. Actually, when I first came down with UC in September of 98 I was following the Atkins diet! Too much red meat? Hmm..
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare. Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count. Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH.