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   Posted 1/13/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
What is the normal flare run for most people? (considering your doing everything by the book) I've been in mine for about 8 weeks..

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   Posted 1/13/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine have been from a minimum of a few days to a max of about 3 months. Strange but every flare seems to have its own lifespan that appears indeterminate of any set time frame. Just me anyway.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  

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   Posted 1/13/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never thought of my flares in terms of days. It always seems like if I'm in a flare, I'm in it for the long haul. I may have a few good days here and there, but when I do I'm never like "yay I'm in remission". My flares typically last several months, the one I'm in now has been going strong since the middle of last year.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg


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   Posted 1/13/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
3wks to 3 months...
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
01/03/09 Trying a few new things...I'll report back after 90 days

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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine last a long time with lots of time in between. I'm 3.5 months now into my current flare-- which has been a JOY (this one has been sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hard on me).

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 1/13/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Almost at 2 1/2 to 3 months right now on this one....still flaring....eating spinach and s/f seed diet....eating 40mg predisone along with 12 pills of asacol a day, 4x fish oil pills, multi vitimin, and eating non-inflammatory foods as much as possible....

Most of my flares have lasted many months, with "remission" being nothing more than relief from the current flare - my symptoms have never 100% disappeared in the 14 years I have had UC....

Flaring, or not, I always have at least one of the following symptoms:

1.) Urgency
2.) Cramps
3.) Bleeding
4.) Mucous
5.) Loose, ribbon stool, or D
6.) Tiredness / exhaustion

I measure my flare-to-remission ratio in units of how many of the above occur at once.... Right now I have all of the above so I consider myself flaring pretty bad although improving a bit from the high does of pred.
If I only have mucous one day, or maybe some urgency, I consider that a good day. If I go a long period of time - say weeks to months with only 1 or 2 symptoms, to me that is the best remission I have seen.
34 yr old male. UC for 14 years. Started left-sided, most recent scope shows pancolitis. 40mg pred (as of 12/16/08), 12 pills Asacol per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics, Multivitamin. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (and I am still more afraid of my UC!!) "I poop in the woods because I can"

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine last a year or more usually. I can never seem to get in remission. Granted I only have 2-3 bms most days but I still have blood and urgency every single day. During this time I also have times where things are way worse but usually my symptoms are as I just mentioned.
Female, Age 37
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Sacchromyces Boulardii 

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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
16 years.......with a few smattering of good days in between. No actually I would have to say that yes while my flares have lasted that long, I have had a few short lived remissions but they only lasted several months.
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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Before my current flare ( Six months now, and still no signs of it getting better), I had a period without symptoms that was almost 2 whole years!!

Before that, my flares ranged from 1 to 3 this latest one isn't good and I think the UC has spread... cry

But I've got my colonoscopy this Thursday, and I'm trying to stay positive....If I had 2 years without symptoms before, that's what I'm aiming for again! :-)
In serious flare up....hospitalized 9th January due to possible bowel obstruction...
Preds 50mg (Jan 2009)
Asacol 6-8 oral tabs daily
Diagnosed with UC (Proctitis) in 2003 (aged 24)
Green Tea
Digestive Enzimes

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   Posted 1/13/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Week, month, maybe a year.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Golimumab study
Vitamin E Enemas as needed

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   Posted 1/13/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I've only had one flare. From June 2001 until April 2006. Since then I've been in remission.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
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   Posted 1/13/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
am still in my first flare.... but its lasted over a year.......
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol

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   Posted 1/13/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
My last flare was about 3 weeks, but it wasn't bad at all, unlike when I was first diagnosed.
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)

UC in Memphis
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   Posted 1/13/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   

How do you guys and gals deal with work during these month/year long flares?

I was just diagnosed this past Christmas Eve but had been flaring for most of December and missed out on 3 weeks of work.  Luckily I had saved plenty of vacationa nd sick days where it didn't hurt me too bad.  I can't imagine going through that serious of a flare for months/years and trying to work.  In fact, I know it would be very difficut with my current job/career.

Male, 30
Dx:Moderate-severe UC 12/24/08
Lifelong GI issues including an intesusception at age 4
Current meds: Lialda; Prevacid; Prednisone 12/24-01/05 (40mg) 01/06-present (20mg) 
Hoping to never have to resort to rectal meds due to traumatic enemas as a child.

Eva Lou
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   Posted 1/13/2009 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Let's see, my first flare at the time of diagnosis lasted about 6 months- I went into remission with Rowaa enemas & asacol. Stayed in remission & did great for about 4 years, then went off meds (against GI's advice)- Hey, I was "cured"!!! Then started flaring again terribly soon thereafter & have been in some sort of flare ever since, it's been about 3 years now... sad   I'm exactly like mbx5- I always have some type of symptom, it just ranges in severity. Right now it's 3-5 bm's each morning, urgency, some mucous, some blood on the tp. And this is doing well! Working is rough- 2007 I barely worked at all, just went in as much as possible. 2008 I was hospitalized for a while, again out of work for a few months. But since then things have been well- I've been working about 20 hours a week steadily. Which is all I can really do, being a Mom. And lucky for me I work in a doctor's office, so my employers have always been very understanding when I just can't do it. If I worked in retail, for example, there is no way Id've been able to keep my job. Having a desk job in a medical facility means I can always run to the bathroom if need be.
diagnosed with UC '02
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Fiber supplement

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   Posted 1/14/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Bad flares, when I ask for prednisone, about 3 months. Usually once every year or two. In between I'm still far from normal but the urgency is less.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 1/14/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had two flares - both lasted 6-7 months.  I now have been in remission since September!

Dx 2006 right after the birth of my daughter
Lialda now down to 1 pill a day!
Canasa on and off as needed
Probiotics Daily

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 1/14/2009 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Almost 4years now in my current flare. Some good days in between. Before this flare I enjoyed a 6 year remission.

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   Posted 1/14/2009 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Geez...four years straight...can you change meds?
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
01/03/09 Trying a few new things...I'll report back after 90 days

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 1/14/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
The only times I seem to go into remission is when I go off meds entirely. I think I have been on high doses of so much over the years that not much is effective anymore. I also had a child in those years and opted for a med free pregnancy plus I nursed after and refused meds while doing so.

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