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Angela N
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   Posted 2/2/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I am kind of confused on what a flare is. This may be a dumb question but here it goes. I know when your stomach is hurting that is a flare but if you have constant D is that considered a flare? I have D all the time...I never have regular bowel movements..so I am just wondering what yall think....

Octobergirl
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   Posted 2/2/2010 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't get stomach pain when I flare. When I start to have D, I consider myself in a flare. The D means that my inflammation is back and therefore my disease is active and flaring. Have you had D since you've been diagnosed?

I guess I should say, that D means a flare for me. If I'm not mistaken, I think some people who have had surgery will always have D, but I could be wrong.

Nanners
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   Posted 2/2/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I have had the disease for almost 35 years and had two resections. For me a flare is a general unwell feeling, and increase in bowel movements (I suffer with more C), and stomach cramping. Also, some people who have surgery will have problems with D, but I have had my TI removed and I don't suffer with D at all, so not all of us get that. Another symptom that I have had that tells me I am flaring is nausea and vomiting. If you are just suffering with D without the ill feeling or other symptoms, it could just be the way you are. In other words, you are just someone who has alot of D. I found alot of relief from the D with probiotics. I went from 4-6 loose stools a day, to 1-2 normal stools a day. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Angela N
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   Posted 2/2/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
what exactly are probiotics? I know it's in yougart and the Dannon's Active Yogart...Is there a pill for it? Thanks for all your information..It has helped me a great deal...
Diagnosed with Crohns 15 years ago...After my sugery 15 years ago I havn't had any flare ups until now...I am currently taking Pentasa and the Cimzia shot..I am 43 years old..


Crohnic-Style
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   Posted 2/2/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Anytime you have any symptoms that are consistent with crohn's disease it is possible that it is the start of a flare. Especially when they become more intense and/or consistent.

But know that no question is ever a dumb question, don't ever be hesitant to ask

So although it might not always be a flare and you shouldn't always jump to conclusions. It's definitely a possibility so be prepared, take precautions, and take action as soon as possible.

good luck! hope you find the solution quickly.

Nanners
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   Posted 2/2/2010 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
For the probiotics I take Primadolphilus Reuteri by Natures Way. I buy it at a local health food store and find it in the refrigerated section. Mine are little caplets. I really think you would get better probiotics in the pill form than in a store bought yoghurt.

The probiotics put good bacteria back into your system. We tend to have more bad than good bacteria in our intestinal tracts than normal people. I think the majority of folks on this forum take probiotics, and many GI's recommend them. They say its best to take a probiotic with 10 billion CFU's in it. The one I take has 5 billion, but its still considered a good one.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

jessaccount22
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   Posted 2/2/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
For me a flare up is when my stomach is cramping so bad, along with nausea, and vomitting. I went to the hospital because of it 3 wks ago. TOday I had D!!! I guess tha'ts a flare up. Considering i had almost nothing to eat today.>>>> Its so frustrating. I can handle D, but the stomach cramps are unbarable.
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