I doubt the food caused it. I don't think going up is a bad idea, but you also have to remember that we all have ups and downs while tapering, sometimes they do level out without an increase. One bad day doesn't necessarily mean you're headed into a flare up... there are going to be good days and bad days. From 10mg, people often go at a slower pace when they taper, sometimes 1mg. What medication did you add to keep your UC in remission. Mesalamine and enemas isn't often enough, unless you were not treated in the past. Were you on mesalamine at the start of your current flare up? If so, I would imagine it's not enough to keep your symptoms at bay, and another drug will be needed to get you off prednisone. Have you tried steroid enemas? Have you had stool tests?
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