Having lived through a horrid five-year flare, my definitions may trend a little differently than most.
Blood (other than from hemmies) - definite flare
Cramping, mucous - flare coming, take action
More frequent/softer stools - watch yourself, watch the diet
2-4 stools a day, no cramping or mucus - remission
I guess I'll do most any kind of rationalization to keep from calling it a flare, because that word takes my mind to a place where I was so sick for so long.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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