Hi Brian! Yes! That sounds like me...I have also been diagnosed with a "mild" case, although sometimes it doesn't feel so mild. But what you are experiencing, the random, sharp pains and bubbles sounds to me like trapped air, or gas. The doc also told me recently that I have IBS, which would cause those symptoms too. With Crohn's you'll just have D all the time, but with IBS you may be constipated one day and running to the bathroom all day the next! There is an Irritable Bowel Syndrome page here at HW too!
Ask your GI about it for sure, but that's what could be going on with you too. I was prescribed Asacol, 6 a day...but have only been taking 3 a day. When I was taking 6, I was losing tons of hair -- and my mouth was very dry and I just didn't feel good. I seem to be tolerating 3 okay. The other thing that has helped me a lot when my tummy is feeling gassy or just has painful bloating and air bubbles is activated charcoal capsules. I picked them up at the local health food store.
Best of luck to you :)
PS - and about not taking the medicine, as much as I hate drugs and want to avoid them...I kind of feel like it's a good idea to take the Asacol even when symptoms aren't present because it helps control the inflammation which could cause damage. That's my thought at least. I heard flax seed oil is a good, natural way to control inflammation too...haven't tried it though.
30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...and always ready for a nap.