does remission mean that there will be a time when I won't need to take any medication what so ever?
Not according to the medical community unless you have surgery and even then there are people post-surgery who need meds.
The only place you'll ever hear of people who don't take meds after being diagnosed with UC is either in the surgery forum and here from people who have managed to go med-free using diet, supplements or both.
My doctor says there are studies showing that people who take anti-inflammatories mesalamine meds have less colon cancer than those who don't.
I don't want to make you feel bad but life-long meds are part of UC and only a small percentage are med-free without surgery.
I understand about
not wanting to use the enema forever. That may not be necessary. You may get the lower inflammation under control with enemas and then be able to take low impact meds like Balsalazide/Colazal which has few side effects (at least for me). Ask your doctor about
what he/she sees as your long range plan at your next appointment. But don't stop the enemas in the meantime.
P.S. I also said no to immunosuppresive drugs and used diet modification to get my symptoms under control. It worked for me and no enemas used in a very long time now.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of UC with no remission ever
Jan 2010 began SpecCarbDiet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices,)
Gluten-free=bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months on SCD
SCDiet: Gluten/grain-free, starch-free, low carb, honey as sweetener
(9)Balsalazide+(6)Citrucel, mesalamine enema as needed
Spinach & sunflower seeds daily, (1) VSL#3 nightly
Post Edited (imagardener2) : 6/23/2011 1:46:50 PM (GMT-6)