What IS A Flare?

After living with this beast for years I am know when it is coming…… I know when I am starting to get sick. It happens slow and steady as I am older. When I was young It wold just come on. Do you recognize the signs? When a flare-up occurs, a person experiences bouts of abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

In the last year I dont know if I have actually been in “remission”. Imagine not being able to function. Being this sick is a like cruel joke. On my best days it is all I can do to just get through. This certainly not the life I planned, but its all I got. Every storm runs out of rain sometimes right? Its such a personal struggle for many of us living with this disease. When I feel better I am so desperate to be normal and have a normal life that when I feel better I push myself further than I should go. I wear myself out and stretch myself thin so that I think sometimes I almost bring myself back into flare-ups. I eat too much of things I know I shouldn’t. I stay up too late and miss out on sleep.

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Here are some of the things you might experience:

 

  • Crampy abdominal (belly area) pain
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain with passing stool
  • Persistent, watery diarrhea
  • Weight loss

Other symptoms may include:

  • Constipation
  • Eye inflammation
  • Fistulas (usually around the rectal area, may cause draining of pus, mucus, or stools)
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Mouth ulcers/sores
  • Rectal bleeding and bloody stools
  • Skin lumps or sores (ulcers)
  • Swollen gums
  • Nausea and vomiting
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