wow.. I've tried twice to post this.. first time I wrote like an essay.. it got erased right before I was going to submit it to you guys and second time my computer restarted itself.
My third attempt.. I'll try to make it as short story form as possible:
For the past week and a half I've been going through what I think is a flare up. I've been having frequent and extremely bloody BMs.. anywhere from pebbly to bloody diahrea. I'm still new to the disease so I don't exactly know what the true definition of a flare up is because my symptoms have never really gone down. The only med I take is Colazal, which I sorta stopped because I don't think it works. On wed. I had to go home early from work because after I spent 15 mins in the bathroom and looking down to a toilet of almost all red blood I was in so much pain I was crying and cried all the way home. I tried to take 3 colazal (used to take 3 3x a day) to see if it would help. I puked it up immediately. I had horrible pain the next day also when I tried to eat mac and cheese...I ended up puking it all up..and havin bloody bms all through the night... every time i went to lay down I had to get up again. Next day I got chicken noodle soup down.. not too much pain at all, bloody bms still... today is bloody also...but ive been able to eat.
Once my pain subsided somewhat on wednesday though.... I called my dr up in atlanta..(I just got married and moved to Perry, Ga from atl) She said that I had no choice but to go to the ER. When i got married I didn't have insurance w/ my parents anymore and hadn't been added to my husband's yet (I should be added tomorrow) It was 5000 w/o insurance for an ER visit. My GI also said that because I couldn't hold down my medicine and got nauseaus from it...I seriously had to go to the ER. She said once it was over I'd prob also have to get another colonoscopy.
My questions are: 1. What defines a flare up?
2. How do you know when you HAVE to go to the ER? Have you gone to the ER and if so.. why? What does the ER do to help a flare up??
3. Is what I'm going through a flare up?
4. I'm not crazy for not goin to the ER and sticking it out when I don't have 5000 to pay on a trip there right now am I??? lol
sorry for your trouble to read that