Best way to beat a flare?

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 1/3/2009 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope every ones new year is starting off well.  At least it wasn't spent in the hospital like last year for me, however I have started a flare {blood w/stool & now blood w/o stool} the day after Christmas, and it just continues to get worse!
I have tried edemas before, but have always found they make things worse!  Should I try it again?  I was reading in previous threads that most of you only use half, could that have been the problem that I was trying to use the whole thing and trying to hard to keep it in?
Or should I just do a quick liquid diet and let things settle down, then start back on the low residue diet I was on before?
This is the longest I have been able to go without problems, and I felt like I was getting my life back.  I think I may have been a little too confident and forgot to watch my eating and thought I would be Superwomen again. I guess not. 
What ways have worked for you to beat a flare?

20 year old college student, dx december 2006
meds: Asacol 400mg 4 pills 3x a day; protonix; prednisone (tapper, down from 40mg started 1/1/08) Lialda 2 pills a day; 6-mp 75 mg; iron supplament; one-a-day;
low residue diet

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 1/3/2009 2:55 AM (GMT -6)   
You might want to get on a good probiotic and a fibre supplement, both daily and indefinitley, it can do wonders for many...besides regular exercise, avoiding processed foods/beverages, caffeine, animal fats, refined sugar & artifcial sweetners, as all of those are known to exacerbate IBD symptoms.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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