I am so sorry to hear about how this nasty colitis has affected you and the rest of your family so much. I definitely understand exactly what you are talking about. In fact, i am in the middle of a nasty flare up at this very moment, and wanting more than ever to get things back in order to move on through life(its a great feeling writing like this to someone who knows exactly what I’m talking about)j
Anyways, to answer your question as best I can “What is remission exactly..?”
For me, I felt I was in remission finally after just about one year of being diagnosed. After my diagnosis I had tried prednisone,asascol,colazal,sulfasalazine,Remicade, and Humira(in that order) also some enemas mixed in. Anyways, nothing seemed to get me in any type of symptom free state for more than a day or two, so I considered them all a failure in that respect. Once I started the SCD diet after trying all those medications, things started to improve. By improve I mean harder bowel movemnts, blood getting much less in volume and in frequency, and gaining weight back. Eventually after about 6 weeks on the strict diet, I was off all medications and taking 1-2 craps per day. Things were looking really up for the next 14 months. But, now, I find myself in a pretty bad flare up once again. I have not gone on any meds yet, and the bleeding and loose stools are back. I do believe that me changing my strictness on the diet over the last six months very well could be the contributing factor in why I am where I am currently. So I still have faith in the diet, especially as I know far too many people who have had much more continued success on it than me, and who are also more strict on it than I am.
Two similarly-designed, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies were conducted in a total of 970 adult patients with active, mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) which was defined as an Ulcerative Colitis Disease Activity Index (UCDAI of ≥ 4 and ≤ 10). Eight-hundred ninety-nine of these patients had histology consistent with active UC; this was considered the primary analysis population. UCDAI is a four-component scale (total score of 0 to 12) that encompasses the clinical assessments of stool frequency, rectal bleeding, mucosal appearance and physician's rating of disease activity (score of 0 to 3 for each of the components).
Inhalation Suspension (administer via jet nebulizer):
Age: 1 to 8 years: Initial and maximum dose are based on prior asthma therapy:
-Previously treated with bronchodilators alone: mg via oral inhalation once a day or mg via oral inhalation twice a day; Maximum daily dose: mg
-Previously treated with inhaled corticosteroids: mg once a day or mg twice a day; may increase up to mg twice a day; Maximum daily dose: 1 mg
-Previously treated with oral corticosteroids: 1 mg once a day or mg twice a day; Maximum daily dose: 1 mg
Comment: For symptomatic patients who do not respond to non-steroid therapy, an initial inhalation suspension dose of mg once a day may be considered.
FLEXHALER(R) Inhalation Powder (oral inhaler):
Age: 6 to 12 years:
-Initial dose: 180 mcg via oral inhalation twice a day; some patients may require an initial dose of 360 mcg twice a day
-Maintenance dose: May increase dose after 1 to 2 weeks if response is not adequate; once asthma stability has been achieved, titrate to the lowest effective dose to reduce the possibility of side effects
-Maximum dose: 360 mcg twice a day
TURBUHALER(R) Inhalation Powder (oral inhaler):
Age 6 to 12 years:
-Initial dose: 100 to 200 mcg via oral inhalation twice a day
Maintenance dose: Lowest dose that keeps patient symptom-free
TURBUHALER(R) Inhalation Powder (oral inhaler):
Age: Over 12 years:
Initial dose: 400 to 2400 mcg via oral inhalation daily in divided doses
Maintenance dose: 200 to 400 mcg via oral inhalation twice a day; higher doses may be necessary for longer or shorter periods of time in some patients; after asthma stability has been achieved, titrate to the lowest effective dose to reduce the possibility of side effects
-Once daily dosing may be considered in patients requiring 400 mcg per day; dose should be given in the evening
-Improvement in asthma control can occur as early as 24 hours; maximum benefit is usually achieved within 1 to 2 weeks; individual patients may experience a variable onset and degree of symptom relief.
-If asthma symptoms arise between doses, a fast acting inhaled bronchodilator should be used for immediate relief; this drug should not be used for the relief of acute bronchospasm.
-Once daily dosing may be used unless it does not provide adequate control, then dosing should be administered as a divided dose, adjusting dose as needed.
-Once asthma stability has been achieved, titrate to the lowest effective dose to reduce the possibility of side effects.
Use: For the maintenance treatment of asthma as prophylactic therapy.