First I get gassy..I mean, really loud obnoxious farts that actually make me laugh. I blame the dog, but no one believes me anymore, mostly because I'm laughing, but after that phase, it stops being funny and I start with the mucous. It's really a nusiance actually because when I need to release gas, it's often a tense moment wondering whether I'm going to decorate my shorts or not, and it's not really practical running to the bathroom on a "just in case" basis every time you need to cut the cheese. It's really just small amounts of blood and mucous lately when I flare. I don't get cramps or feel ill either. Maybe it's because I get right to the doc at the first signs of a flare and get on meds that the flares haven't gotten any worse, because i have had much worse flares many years ago.. I just learned that once you flare, at least for me, they do not go away without treatment, and the longer I wait before getting treatment, the longer it wil take to go away.. NIP IT IN THE BUD!
Reading through posts on this forum and on others, I always remind myself when I start feeling bummed-out, that there are people out there with this condition so much worse than me...I really don't have anything to complain about next to what I have read that some of you have been through. My heart goes out..