Your definition of coming out of a flareup

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Snooker
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   Posted 9/11/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Just curious as to how those of you who have had more experience, how do you know you are coming out of a flareup?  Is there less blood first, fewer cramps, fewer trips to the restroom?  What's the first indicator that you are on the road to recovery, so to speak?
 
Started flaring 3 weeks ago, just finished one week with Canasa.  I think I am going to the restroom fewer times, but still no change in bms....your classic UC types...I still have cramps but I can usually get through until noon and then until the afternoon without having to visit the restroom.  I know this is by no means a long flare time, but I'm already looking for the end.  :)
 
Thanks.
36 yr old female
 
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Red_34
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   Posted 9/11/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
For me it's the lessening of bleeding. Usually the bleeding is the last to go for me so when I see it becoming less and less then I know I'm on the right road.
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princesa
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   Posted 9/11/2007 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't bled since the first year or two I was diagnosed, so for me, it's fewer restroom trips and less cramping. I also notice a return of energy and a much better mood... I'll find myself laughing, joking and singing.
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 9/11/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the other replies - the blood lessens, the bms are more formed, the cramping subsides, the mood is better, a bit more energy than I had while flaring but mine takes a LONG time to get back to UC normal. I usually measure the better in terms of days, maybe weeks because I usually would take two steps forward and one back! I thought - oh, a good day, let's eat something not so good for me - and then a bad day would follow... But I was SO anxious to be feeling better!

I hope remission finds you soon!
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Snooker
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   Posted 9/11/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the ideas. I know I am very early in thinking that I should start seeing some improvement, but I'm trying to maintain the idea of a normal, UC-free life (free of symptoms, that is.) After such a decent remission, I am not ready to forget it so easily.
36 yr old female
 
Diagnosed 7/2002
Currently taking:
 
Asacol:  6 pills/2 X a day
Canasa:  as needed
Super B Complex Vitamins
Flinstones Complete
Calcium 1000 mg/day


kazygirl
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   Posted 9/19/2007 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   
i had a 2 month flare up that was pretty bad and painful and it went away spontaneously. like in a day or 2.. all gone. nothing. i felt better within 5 days. couldnt believe it. but, 2 months later i got another flare up and i still have this same flare up now 7 months later. grrrr...
my dr said it goes away pretty quick, but who knows. everyone is different.

Beth75
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   Posted 9/19/2007 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
took me 8 weeks of Asacol to see improvement go from 10+ bm's a day w/all the bad stuff to 1 to 3 bm's a day w/none of the bad stuff, though I am taking some steps back and forth right now. I had to quit the Asacol and am only on prednisone now, today is my 12th day and I am tired, having some hot flashes on my face, my tongue hurts (I think I need to put the pred in water and swallow instead of letting it sit on my tongue for a second). I am having more blood my stools are mostly mucous/blood and have about 3-4 in the morning 1-2 during the day and 2-3 at night so about 6 to 10 a day but it is getting slightly better, can't really tell yet.

Also, I have the worst gas, nothing is helping me, I don't know if it's my colon healing itself b/c it started when I started taking the Asacol and even after stopping the asacol and starting the pred I still have it.

I get a lot of gas going in and coming out of a flare.
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Lialda 2.4mg 1xday since 8/24/07 (prev. Asacol 4800mg day),Calcium and Vit D 500mg 2xday.
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