flares differ depending on the extent of the inflammation. Remember the pattern of UC...upwards inflaming, downwrds healing The rectum will be involved becasue that's where it starts...
That's why I stress the rectal meds...because early symptoms will start there if the rest of the colon is quiet. They may not be the symptoms one is used to during a flare.
When the colon heals..from the top of the inflammation to the rectum...symptoms are usually seen as still flaring...but they are usually the same symptoms when a flare has started after being in a normal state.
Eventually one can learn to deal with flares very early and have one's flare/inflammation areas remain in the rectum.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 5th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate)....1 each @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); 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 !!!