Use pain and fever as your gauge. If it's just blood and you're not having extreme pain nor a fever then you are probably okay. If you're on steriods you have to be cautious as steriods can mask signs of an infection. My doctor advised that if I'm taking steriods, having a lot of blood, and have a fever that lasts more than a day then I should go to the hospital; especially if there is a lot of pain in the gut. Sometimes, when I'm really bad, I will pass a very painful stool and shortly afterward I will start to get the chills and a fever. If the fever goes away after 6-8 hours I don't worry too much. If it remains the next morning I will check into the hospital or call the GI's office. I believe there is some "leaky gut" occurring during those times.
43, male, UC diagnosed in 1985
Flares occur after some illness: food poisoning, flu, mono...
Flares last 6 months to a year and lately involve several weeks of severe symptoms with lots of diarrhea, blood, pain, fever, dehydration.
Remissions last 1 to 4 years and are absolute with no symptoms
Current Meds: 100 mg azathioprine, Colazal 9/day, Lialda 2/day,
60 mg 50 mg 60mg 80 mg prednisone
Xanax, Valium for anxiety
Tegretol XR for epilespy