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Deacon Blues
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 3/23/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey all, haven't been real frequent around here but love coming here. I am wondering if we all pre-flare (if there is such a stage) in a similar fashion. I have been , for a couple weeks now, increasing in urgency(trips), gas, and passing mucus. Would we agree that this is the very early stage of a flare...?? I have not had an all out flare in 3-4 years, THANK GOD!! I have been 98% symptom free for a couple years now, but I have had a few of these pre-flares? or mild flares? or whateveryouwannacallits...God Bless you people, my brothers and sisters in IBD!!
Diagnosed with UC in Dec of 1999
PANCOLITIS-mild to moderate (remission for 2 years +!!)
3X400mg Asacol 3x per day
Mild flares a couple times a year
46 yrs old

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30614
   Posted 3/23/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
It's not a is a flare...mild I would say.

Flare is in incriments of severity and symptoms...some don't recognise them before "their" criteria of flare.

Just call it a should start the rectal meds asap.

*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares, tapered to maintenance  mild flare nightly enemas
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 4241
   Posted 3/24/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
My "pre-flares" vary. Sometimes, it is just noticing a little bit of blood on the toilet paper. Other times I get somewhat constipated first. My bloating and gas increase but I feel like I can't go to the bathroom and I want to.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen

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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 92
   Posted 3/24/2009 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
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

Old Hat
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 3/25/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
One pre-flare sign for me has been a sudden sleepless night with no evident reason such as noise, worry, etc. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; presently fighting off flare in sigmoid colon)
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