does a flare always mean blood?

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   Posted 11/7/2007 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
when everyone on this board uses the term "flare" does it mean blood, mucous, d etc.?  Could a flare also just be no blood, formed stool, but mucous is present?
oct 2007 dx ulcerative proctitis. on canasa suppositories & cortifoam

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   Posted 11/7/2007 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
As for me, what you just decribed is usally the start of a flre for me. Then comes the blood and D.

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   Posted 11/7/2007 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been flaring for 1.5 years, and have only had a couple days with minor blood/mucous during the past year.  So a flare doesn't necessarily mean blood/mucous.  If your colon is inflammed, then you're flaring.
---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild/moderate flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day
20 mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
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   Posted 11/7/2007 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Not for me. I've had mild to moderate flares with no blood at all. In fact, I haven't really bled since the first year or two after I was diagnosed.

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
C-scope confirmed UC diagnosis 9/18/2007
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years. Down to 10 mg and feeling much better.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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   Posted 11/7/2007 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
My flare signs are typically urgency, mucous and blood. Mucous being the first sign things are headed south for me.
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-6 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Prilosec OTC
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   Posted 11/7/2007 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Flares can consist of many symptoms or few symptoms, as long as your bowel habits are not "normal" like before getting IBD then there is some degree of a flare going on.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 11/7/2007 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm flaring but I don't usually see blood.
Current Prescriptions:
40 mg 30 mg Prednisone per day, 1 x per day
1000 mg Sulfasalazine, 4x per day
1 Mesalamine Enema per day

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