What exactly is a flare and what exactly is remission?

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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay, I am new to this and the more I read, the more confused I'm getting. I assume flares and remissions are really different for everyone, but how do you know what stage you are in?
My symptoms are definitely not as bad as many people here - I have D at most once a day, sometimes only 2-3 times per week, with regular bowel movements in between; upper abdomen bloating and discomfort; vision blurring; joint pain; and the beginnings of pain in my TI area and colon area. I've had some D and bad cramping when going for 15 years, but now the symptoms amped up this year, bringing about my CD diagnosis.
I'm just wondering, though, how do you know you are in remission? It sounds like many still can't eat regular foods and must stay on medication. And what does a flare mean? I assume I am having a flare since my symptoms are worse now than they have ever been, but I see some people here have multiple D episodes per day and can't eat anything solid. I'm wondering if this is what lies ahead for me - if it will continue to get worse. Or, is it just different for all - bad for someone might be a good day for others?
Dx'd CD in August 2007 - 42-yr-old wife and mom
Allergic to Entocort and Prednisone / Not sure what's next
Currently on Protonix, calcium and multi-vit; and Flovent (for asthma)

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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
When you are in remission you have no symptoms typically and all tests show no active disease.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree that each person's remission is different. Since my resection I feel better then I have in years but I still have problems. My doctor says I'm in clinical remission. I still have "D" several times a week and sometimes I just get so tired that all I can do is go to sleep. Also, I can eat almost anything except salad. So far that is the only thing I have found that causes me problems.

I guess everyone is going to have to find out what their "normal" is and then they can gauge when they are having a flare. I'm still trying to figure out what is what for me.

Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 9/17/2007 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed about two years ago. I can eat pretty much everything even salad.  I have a lot of pain at times and now that I am on Remicade, I don' thave a lot of pain, just joint pain. I think I am on my way to Remission! I do have a dull pain in my right quadrant but that is becuase I just went off Entocort.  I am hoping I will not be tired as often (I am now getting B12 shots) and will be considered in remission. The tiredness is pretty much my worst symptom.  Not much diarrea at all anymore.
Diagnosed 1/06
CD of Terminal Ileum
Taking Pentasa, Entocort, Prograf and Remicade.

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   Posted 9/18/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everbodys remission is diffrent for each of us. My remission is from the remicade that I have been on for 2
years. Remember one thing when you are inremission you still have crohn's.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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