Hi, I can only share my experience but yes, my flares usually gradually get worse and worse. I have learned to call the doctor at the very first signs. For me the first sign is usually passing mucus and softening of stools - some increased frequency. The bleeding and cramping typically come after that then the diarrhea and urgency and increased BM up to 5-10 a day (sometimes more if it is really bad). Again, I have learned to try tell my doctor at the very first signs and that helps. In the past I ignored early symptoms because they were so mild at first and then I would end up in a terrible flare.
For me the worst part is the bleeding. I tend to bleed quite a bit with a bad flare.
No, physical activity does not cause flares for me. In fact my doctor encourages it.
Again, in my case - no when I am in a flare it will not clear up without medical intervention. I take Lialda for maintenance but during a flare I have to go on prednisone and Cansasa in addition to the Lialda. I noticed that you mentioned your son is already on prednisone. I have never been on it when I was not flaring. Do you know why he was on it prior to this flare? What is his dosage?
I understand your concern and worries as a mother myself. I pray every day that my daughter does not develop this! I would not stop asking your sons doctor questions. Your son has a right to be an active participant in his health care and should be told why the doctor is making these decisions.
Dx 2006 right after the birth of my daughter
Lialda now down to 1 pill a day!
Canasa on and off as needed