revfg....are you not on any meds at this time?
Yes, I do sometimes have ribbon stools...I do have IBS as well, and it won't last too long once I start adding the Metamucil smooth. But if it is UC flaring, I know quite soon enough with my classic symptom of rectal white-knuckling pain while having a bm. No doubt it's a flare.
I do increase the rectal meds to nightly at that time...
Regarding the delayed effect that princesa mentioned....that seems to be the case with me as well...the calm after the storm albeit however subjective. I believe the adrenaline and other hormones in survival mechanisms to get through crisis. The body can only handle so much and be in full working order for so long...eventually something gives.
What's the doctor suggested for you during your visits?
Are you on any other meds, supplements..change in diet..etc?
Do you have a good support system through family and friends?
*Heather* Status..Asacol (3 twice daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite/ Jan 13
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ 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 !!!