How long do my flares last?
Everyone is different. I've had three flares:
Flare 1: six months, 1 year remission - no blood
Flare 2: six months, 2 years remission - no blood
Flare 3: three months, currently in remission - no blood
How much is a lot of blood?
A lot of blood is more than the amount I loose when I have my period.
What does a blood clot look like?
I get blood clots that are about one-inch in diameter. They are roundish balls, dark red, very thick, with stringy red blood hanging around them. I can crush them with my fingers.
Anti-inflammatory diet when flaring.
Anti-inflammatory foods/ingredients (Eat/Drink):
Omega-3 (cold water oily fish, walnuts, flax seeds, canola oil, pumpkin seeds)
Fish (especially salmon)
Soybeans, tofu, and soy milk
Whole grain products (if not intolerant)
Seeds and Nuts (if you can handle nuts, walnuts, almonds)
Green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach)
Berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries)
Ripe fruit (bananas, pineapple, citris)
Other foods to try:
Cooked vegetables (onions, red onions, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, asparagus, squash, carrots)
Tension Tamer tea from Celestial Seasonings contains Chamomile, cinnamon, ginger, lemongrass, licorice, catnip, and Tilia--all of which are anti-inflammatory.
Pro-inflammatory foods (Avoid):
Processed meats (lunch meat, hotdogs, sausages)
Nightshades (Tomatoes, White Potatoes, Bell Peppers, Chili, Paprika, Eggplant)
Tigger Foods (other foods to avoid when flaring)
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.
What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).