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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/5/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
This might be a really dumb question and I'm sure the veterans on this board have a addressed it numerous times.  I'm sorry but I'm new here and just don't know.  Is there some kind of scale in determining how bad your UC is?  In other words lets say you're someone like me and you're at about four BM a day all pretty much in the morning/ late morning?  Would that be considered a mild case?   

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 8/5/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to healingwell. Here is some basic info but you can find more at ccfa or mayo clinic

First thing to look at is what type of UC does a person have. Proctitis is limited to the very bottom of the colon. Left sided is just that, mainly on the left side. And pancolitis affects the entire colon.

The severity of the disease is different. You can have mild pancolitis or severe proctis. Severity just means how ulcerated and what symptoms does one have. Lots of blood and 10+ bms is severe. Mild may have 4+ and no blood. It also depends how your bms are.

For me 3-4 a day is normal even in remission. Others would say that I'm not in remission becasue for them 1 bm is normal.

To determine if you have mild UC I would ask are you having blood, pain, cramping, D or any other symtoms? or is it 4 pretty normal bms?

I know others can express this more eloquently and I hope they chime in as I am very groggy from a procedure (all ok!) and not at my most articulate
Kelly, 30

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, no more pred after two years!!!! Off imuran as remicade is working!
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   Posted 8/5/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the reply.  I've been around four BM a day on average.  Sometimes three but mainly four.  They're also alot more formed then they had been in the past although a lot thinner then they should be.  They tend not to be bloody either although on occassion I might see some traces of blood.  I do like everyone else do sometimes get those sudden urges out of nowhere in the middle of the day.  I notice that has a lot of do with what I eat or drink though.  I stay away from carbonation but I notice if I drink something super cold too fast it hits like a ton of bricks and can cause havoc. 

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   Posted 8/5/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   

NJRock, here's a link to an explanation of a commonly used classification system:

I hope this will answer your questions.

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