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Remission is defined as the time when there is no longer evidence of a disease. Remission can mean different things to different people. Some people consider themselves in remission when their symptoms have decreased or completely disappeared. It's best to work with your doctor to determine what remission means for you.

Goals of UC remission

According to the American College of Gastroenterology guidelines, achieving and maintaining remission of symptoms are both goals of ulcerative colitis (UC) treatment.

Does UC remission mean my symptoms are completely gone? Click for answer

Remission is defined as the time when there is no longer evidence of a disease. However, to a majority of patients, remission means living with UC symptoms. Return to question

Getting UC into remission is usually a goal of any treatment plan for most patients. Once you reach remission, your next goal may be to stay there as long as possible.

If you're putting up with UC symptoms because you assume "this is as good as it gets," you may want to explore ways to do more to help improve your condition. This is why it's so important to work with your doctor to see how you can better manage your condition, including how to induce and maintain remission.

Ulcerative colitis flares and remission

If you're not sure how you're doing, ask yourself, "Are my symptoms improving?" or "Have my symptoms gone away?" If your symptoms return or have increased, then you may be having a UC flare. Recent surveys of patients with UC and gastroenterologists found that — while the majority of doctors defined remission as having no symptoms — for a majority of patients remission meant living with UC symptoms. Let your doctor know right away if you think you are having a UC flare.

You need to tell your doctor what symptoms you experience so he or she can better understand how UC affects you and whether or not your current treatment is working.

Ulcerative colitis symptoms and inflammation

Perhaps you feel as though you are doing the best you can while managing "a few symptoms." However, inflammation of the lining of the colon is believed to be related to many of the symptoms of UC. Over time, inflammation can damage the mucosal lining of the colon. Talk to your doctor about the possible long-term risks of UC.