Jessica, it's hard to compare pain with another person because it's highly individual and subjective. You and someone else could have exactly the same thing going on physiologically, and experience completely different amounts of pain.
Low back pain (I describe it as a horse standing on my back) always comes with any degree of flaring for me. It's similar to the pain I used to have with bad menstrual cramps, but worse. I'll also get what I refer to as "square poop in a round colon" syndrome. That's where I can feel it moving all the way through, and it feels like it has corners that are scraping my colon all the way. Then, of course, there's the always-popular "barbed wire poop."
I don't know how long you've had UC, but most of us do learn to differentiate after a while. I've been really lucky, having only one urinary infection in my life, and that pain was in a completely different place for me - up higher toward my waist.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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