I can tell you that probiotics helped me to have less bathroom visits. Before the probiotics I was going about 4-6 times a day, afterwards I now only go 1-3 times a day, mostly 1-2 times. So for me they helped to firm things up a little.
As for flares, I generally allow myself about 1 week. If things don't improve by then, I see my doctor. Because sometimes it can be a stomach bug, or too much stress causing my increase in symptoms. So I have always lived by that 1 week rule. Hope that helps.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*