I only bleed if I let the flare progress far enough. Thankfully, I usually slide into a flare - it doesn't just come on overnight. I have trained myself to watch my symptoms very carefully. If I start sliding downhill, I start taking steps to rectify the situation before the blood comes.
Stomach discomfort is usually my first symptom with more frequent stools from there. Because my UC always starts in the rectum, I don't have much D at first. But, I can tell from the way my stomach feels and from the fact that I have more bowel movements per day. That's when I increase my daily Asacol and go back to the Rowasa and try to deal with it that way.
My first two flares had bleeding. I think both of those were because I didn't know enough to catch things before they worsened. My third and fourth flares didn't respond to the increase in my Asacol and Rowasa, so the blood eventually came. I think I have been able to avoid other major flares/bleeding by increasing the meds at the first signs.
Wearing many hats: Mother, Wife, Daughter, Professional, Sister, Friend
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Multi-Vitamin (1x per day)