Posted 8/30/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -8)
I am a 58 year old male diagnosed with left side ulcerative colitis in September 2005. I have had various treatments, including Remicade, Imuran (unable to continue due to liver inflammation), Ascol, Pentasa, etc. I keep reading about "flares" and "remissions" and wonder just how these are defined. I have basically had UC symptoms for the entire 2 years since I was diagnosed. Some days are better than others, but none have been without at least some symptoms. I don't suffer from excessive bleeding or diarrhea, but I have from 3-8 painful bowel movements a day with various levels of urgency. Can anyone enlighten me on this?