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How long are your flare ups?

Undiagnosed at the moment but my first lasted 3 weeks almost to the day and was very severe and my second was for 2 weeks straight, again, almost to the day.
 

Cross-stitch gal

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My longest flare lasted 2 years. Of course, at that time I also ended up changing medical insurance and doctors in order to help me.

There are some on here who've had flares that have lasted longer or shorter times than that.
 

Cross-stitch gal

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Yes, I was in extreme pain at that time. It got worse though the longer it lasted and wasn't fully treated. At one point it was enough to take my breath away. Once I got a new doctor it took awhile for the symptoms to go down because I was so sick.
 
That is scary :( I am sorry you had to go through that. Sorry for all the questions but were your flares/are they always that long?
 

Cross-stitch gal

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Not necessarily, everyone on here are different people which means that each one will take this challenge of ours differently too. Yes, it can last a long time in some but not in others. And, that's one I can't explain. But, that's why we have each other on here. For both the good times and the bad. And, that's what I can explain! :ghug:
 
Thank you. This is so frightening. I just hope it means I can still work and have a normal life most of the time. I am able to do that unmedicated at the moment but do feel in discomfort with my sore ribs (Only symptom at the moment). I have breaks in between 'flare ups' but it is still most likely IBD and I need to be prepared for what I am likely to experience once diagnosed.
 
Please try not to get stressed as that can sometimes make things worse.There is no reason why you shouldn't lead a normal life.Most on the forum,go to school,work,marry and raise a family.I know how scary it can be and of course reading scary posts doesn't help,especially when everything is new.My flares last up to two weeks, and a course of prednisolone usually clears it up quite quickly.Through choice,I don't take any IBD meds. except occasional laxatives or loperamide,for D., and Tramadol for pain.I have a flare about 3-4 times a year.I hope I've put you're mind at rest and that you feel better soon.
 
Thank you. It is scary reading the posts. 2 weeks sounds more manageable then the 6 months to 2 years I hear about. My symptoms are fairly mild right now but I worry more damage is being done inside. Thanks for the kind words.
 
Thank you. It is scary reading the posts. 2 weeks sounds more manageable then the 6 months to 2 years I hear about. My symptoms are fairly mild right now but I worry more damage is being done inside. Thanks for the kind words.

Thank you. It is scary reading the posts. 2 weeks sounds more manageable then the 6 months to 2 years I hear about. My symptoms are fairly mild right now but I worry more damage is being done inside. Thanks for the kind words.
Please don't get stressed about this (easier said than done I know) for me I believe stress makes my UC flare up. I know it's scary, BUT for me personally I was diagnosed in 2014 and my symptoms haven't gotten any worse. I luckily suffer zero pain, no cramps. Just blood and mucus and urgency for the toilet. I have mild UC and I hope it stays that way.
I guess we just have to take it a day at a time.
I know twins both with UC. One has it very severely and is taking a vast amount of medication. The other only has it mildly and takes one tablet a day (like myself)
My flare ups last between 2-6 weeks...(before I was diagnosed so didn't have medication) but now they are easily managed with medication (pentasa suppositories) and that tends to clear everything up in just a few days.
Everyone is different.
Do you have an appointment scheduled to be diagnosed properly?
 
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