Mine starts with mucous in a regular BM as an early sign. Sometimes I sense it and try to slow down my lifestyle, it goes away and I go back to the normal 1 solid BM each morning. Other times it's too late and it progresses towards a flare. A flare for me fortunately isn't much pain at all. Just loose BM's or liquid and blood, the worst of it in the morning. It will continue to get worse and more severe unless I go on Prednisone. Assuming I catch it early enough, it stops after a week or so on 40 mg's and I lose about
5 lbs total.
I'm a little surprised you can't get into your GI for 6 months. For a regular appointment, I may have to wait a while, but if I'm having a flare, she calls me back that day and I talk to her personally.
34 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)