This is par for the course with my mini-flares. Some slight increase in frequency usually, but the main difference is what number I am on the Bristol Stool Scale (I'm not kidding here, there is such a gauge !
) and I start getting blood on the toilet paper. Sometimes it can be enough to turn the water red in the toilet bowl, and the other day I had what simply looked like fresh chicken liver on the toilet paper, which looks really alarming - but bear in mind, bright red is good here, dark red/black/"coffee grounds" are bad, despite what instinct says.
I have had this so often, in this pattern, and always in conjunction with Crohns symptoms, that I no longer worry about
coincidental infections. If I had been in hospital, having surgery maybe, I might be concerned about
I find in fact that any kind of "stomach bug" that is going around misses me out, even when all my relatives and friends are going down with it one by one.
The way I see it, the enhanced immune response that Crohns triggers, if not competition with the Crohns pathogen, is enough to wipe out any normal, mild opportunistic gut infection. Imagine a couple of street punks trying to cause problems in a Mafia restaurant....