I have gut spasming, painful gas and rectal pain/throbbing when flaring. Much of the pain is during bms...the white-knuckling pain while trying to expell a bit of stool or mucus that feels the size of a watermelon.
Before the rectal meds do their thing...I have the rectal throbbing between bms (dicyclomine helps a lot).
I much prefer to have diarrhea during flares than more formed stool. Easier going through an inflamed rectum and raw anus. But since I treat early at first symptoms....there is usually more formed stool than diarrhea.
My doctor stated that sometimes inflammation and pain don't match....remember that IBS has no inflammation but people can suffer terrbly with pain and discomfort. Many of us has IBS as well as UC.
Count your blessings.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!