I as well agree with hspenser. My normal isnt what it should be. My mom worrys about what I think is normal because I wont go to the doctor. I will just pass it off and say I will be fine. I say the pain is tolerable and the 15 BM's a day is what is normal to me. I know that it isn't ok to think this way sometimes because at some points I am way sicker than I think.
For me normal is up to 15 BM's a day, headaches, low energy, joint pain, irritability, cramping, nausea, acid reflux. It has been 7 yrs since I was diagnosed and I still have yet to feel relief from my symptoms. 3 weeks ago I was 149 lbs and am now down to 138 lbs. I would definitely classify this as a flare, but my normal isn't any better.
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)