Flare w/ out blood?

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   Posted 12/5/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible to be in a flare without blood?  In the beginning of my flare I had blood, but I haven't had blood for the past few days but I'm still going 15 plus times a day on certain days.  Is it possible to still be in flare even though I don't see any blood?
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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never seen blood. I was flaring for over a year and never saw it. We never knew why...
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   Posted 12/5/2008 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is possible to be flaring and not see blood. Have you talked to your GI to see if you can up or add any meds, like rectal meds? Hope you feel better soon.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

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   Posted 12/6/2008 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely....inflammation has increasing stages, only once the lining becomes friable (fragile) does it bleed. I don't bleed with flares any more, but I treat extremely early at first symptoms by increasing the rectal meds.

I would suggest you use them.

You could use Metamucil smooth or other fibre supplement (make sure not one with artificial sweeteners) to help bulk up the stool.

If it's continuing, you might ask the doc to give you a kit for stool samples to have tested.

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