How long do your flares last?

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   Posted 12/16/2008 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on entocort for 6 weeks and still had blood. Then I was on prednisone for 1 month and still had blood. I am just on Asacol and I am waiting to see what my GI will do next. I am really not sure. One GI just told me that the blood will be normal. What do you think?
27m - Dx January 2005 and given 80mg Prednisone to taper off and 12 tablets of Asacol
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily

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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:07 AM (GMT -7)   
With me it depends I believe alot on my stress and anxiety as well as trauma ......

I have had them last for a wee while for sure
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I am in a flare now and back on prednisone as well
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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
So, how long does it take? Weeks? Months?
27m - Dx January 2005 and given 80mg Prednisone to taper off and 12 tablets of Asacol
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily

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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I seem to stay in a perm "mild" flare. about every three - four weeks I hit a hard patch and go off food due to the PND (Pain, Nausea & D). about every six months I end up in the ER with "severe" flare... though I now generally try and just see my PCP and have him check my WBC, etc rather than pay so much money for tests just to be told they want to do surgery. Stress makes things worse... as I always say: Stress is the enemy!

I am happy if I feel decent for two straight weeks. With the arthritis due to weather, this won't happen again until spring.

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   Posted 12/16/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it just depends on the person and the severity...
I generally have to ask myself how long my 'good' times were as opposed to flares since I feel like I've been in one varying in severity since I was diagnosed in May.
There's really not a number you can put on it I think...just hang in there, do everything you can to keep things at bay, and don't kick yourself in the teeth when things get too bad.
I know this disease is just so wretched sometimes!!
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 12/16/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't think anyone can give you a conclusive answer to how long a flare last. There are so many mulitiples that it can be different everytime. It can be weeks or it could be months. No one can really say.

Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 12/16/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with everyone so far. For me its been 7 years since i was diagnosed, going on 8 yrs. i have never once been in remission. I wish :) NO medicines have really worked yet. Still trying to find something. My severity is going at least 7 times a day up to 20. Usually the higher. Keeps me inside a lot do to fear of having accidents. Unfortunately I am becoming unfit due to lack of excerise. I start to exercise and have to run to the bathroom so most of the time i dont even try :(. Any ways im one of those people who doesnt find relief but hasnt had surgery. It feels like a clock ticking, kind of like a time bomb waiting to happen. My chrons is a 2 out of 10 they say and the worst symptoms i get are really explosive diarhea, grrrrrrrrrrr, all the time. I can't seem to find any foods that actually agree with me that i like or want to eat.
Age:22/6"1'/146lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal, 6mp
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Methotrexate as of October 2008
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, Chronic UTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s found a 6th G.I. crossing my fingers
Procedures: 4 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)

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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
This is a GREAT question because I have a hard time differentiating between full on flares and bad days. When I have a flare, they do tend to follow a certain pattern of symptoms...however, sometimes the symptoms will come out of the blue and not necessarily in the same order. In fact, I wonder if the bad flares are the ones that follow the certain order...?

It always seems though, that I have one symptom or another...rarely am I completely symptom free.

I have also heard that stress and anxiety can trigger flares...and sadly, it is my weakness to worry and stress out. I am still trying to work on this, but changing your personality after 30+ years is pretty hard!
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