Hey Sara Jean.....please listen to some of the good advice you're being given and mull it over with your GI. If we only had that crystal ball to give us insight down the road if the decisions we make now are the right ones.
Maintenance drugs certainly sound like the way to go to keep you in check and stay ahead of things. Remission is not a cure - it can be longlasting (hopefully) but to have it come back with a vengeance as some have stated would be a terrible thing for you to deal with.
Best of luck to you!!!
60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 July 07 good days & bad days 75mg Imuran 40 mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg