Not too sure if this would help, but I've noticed that before I get a flare, any photos taken of me look awful, my skin looks sallow, my eyes are sunken and I look positively skeletal in the face - even if I have not lost any weight. I now regularly take photos of my face every month just in case I don't recognise a 'pre-flare' happening. The last flare landed me a 2 week stint in hospital Feb 08 with some heavy duty blood transfusions.
Officially diagnosed Jan 2005 with UC & anthropathy arthritis, RV Fistula April 2005
Misdiagnosed for over 20 years!
4 DVTs and 1 PE Nov 2007 (caused by flare ups)
Oesteopenia in right hip and spine (caused by pred)
Present meds: 6 x 750mg Colazide, 50mg 6MP, 1000IU Vit D, calcium