Haven't been on here for a while but noticed there were a few new people and wanted to add my encouragement.
I was going through a fairly bad flare up earlier this year and my specialist put me on Claversal suppositories (every night for 1 month, then every other night for 1 month, then none). He also reduced my Claversal (5-ASA oral tablets) from 6 a day to 4 a day and although I had a small relapse (for about a week) everything seems to be looking reasonable at the moment.
Because mine is inflamation of the lower part of the bowel the suppositories got right to the point! So don't be scared when using this kind of medication!
Also when you are new to UC it is difficult to know what is now 'normal'. For me personally I have accepted a few changes to my body like needing to go at least four or five times a day and I know that I am likely to have an 'urgency' about an hour after eating. But that may just be me - for other people their remission will be different.
Don't know if any of that helps but anyway...
Diagnosed October 2005
4 x 500mg Claversal (Mezalazine) per day