Ulcerative Colitis Flare Survey – 2017

Adam, the founder of iHaveUC.com

The results of the 2017 Ulcerative Colitis Flare survey are here.  Thank you to all 776 participants who spent some time filling in their answers.  It is much appreciated.  At the end of the page, I have listed all the people who have submitted their pictures along with their individual answers.  As you will see in the survey results, there are several PDF files you can download to review the complete list of answers for a few of the questions too.

The goal of this survey was to learn from other people who have UC, especially regarding the process of what they believe triggers their flare up(s), and HOW people cope with flare ups.  There are hundreds of amazing answers below for you to read whenever you like.


 

Question 1: Please confirm that you have been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.

  • 97% (750 participants) answered YES
  • 3% (23 participants) answered I agree and I have also had my colon removed
  • .1% ( 3 participants) answered, Nope, I DON’t agree, and I’m not sure why I’m taking this survey.

Question 2: I have also experienced at least 1 “active flare up” AFTER being diagnosed with UC.

  • 97% (753 participants) answered I agree
  • 3% (23 participants) answered Nope, I’ve never experienced an “active flare up” since I was diagnosed with UC. I sure hope this continues. (If you check this box off, we will assume that you’ve found remission after your initial diagnosis and active symptoms have never returned OR that you have had surgery.

Question 3: Do you ever have false starts? (you think you’re starting a flare but you’re really not)

  • 47% (368 participants) answered YES
  • 30% (233 participants) answered NO
  • 25% (175 participants) answered NOT SURE

Question 4: What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?

This question has individual answers by all participants.  The answers are all within the PDF file here, for easy viewing.  Click Here to View – Triggers for Ulcerative Colitis Flares Survey Responses

Question 5: How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body? 

Similar to question 4, Question #5 has all individual responses.  The answers are in this additional PDF file.

Question #6: How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare? 

And the final question, the PDF file with all the answers is here: 776 Responses on How to Bring Yourself Out of an Ulcerative Colitis Flare Up

Below are Individual Answers (for those who submitted their pictures, and the pictures are in no particular order.  I’m not sure of the person’s name for the first picture below…but pretty darn funny you anonymous UC’er:))

Triggers:
1- Stress.
2 – Foods cooked in oil (canola ) Like potato chips. deep fried foods
3 – pushing stools out . ( thats a no no )   How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body? I get pains in my stomach area . like being stabbed , blood in the stool. after a day of that the blood starts and the diarrhea. now the very thought of food is making me sick . I dont feel at all hungry. after a week , I feel weak and begin to worry of the future and hope that this will end. I dont socialize with anyone. I begin to feel that no one understands. I feel alone . constantly saying no to everyone that wants my company. And then after about 8 – 16 weeks I get better. bury my feelings and start all over again until the next episode. (jk) How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare? I smoke pot. I talk about it with family . I educate people around me . I research things at times. I have my ears open 24/7 for new spices, oils ect. I get a little smarter every flare-up. PS. I thought the picture was appropriate . Im’ building an out-house

 

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
It just depends. They are pretty random.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Body is so tired. Frequent bathroom trips. Inflammation.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Just deal. Take meds. Watch what I eat.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress or certain foods
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
My stomach starts to hurt and I have to go to the bathroom more frequently with looser stools.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Changing my diet and taking supplements that I buy at a local health food store

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
For me it’s eating food containing wheat like bread, cake, cookies and pasta
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Lots of bloating and gas, small amounts of blood in stool. Then I get very anxious
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I take extra probiotics and mesalamin enemas. My instinct is always to stop eating and I try to figure out what could have caused it.


 

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, I got a very bad cold before it started and I had changed jobs.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Increased visits to the bathroom 6 or more, door frame pain in my stomach – meaning where the colon sits in the midsection is like a door frame. Severe pain that is like a period cramp but in the wrong spot.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Was put on Prednisone and now I am taking mezavant and probably starting humara ( sorry about spelling) injections.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress mostly work related. Any change in schedule, as my work schedule changes sometimes.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I get constipated, then have extreme gas instead of bowel movement with several urgent trips to toilet.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I actually have proctitis….. drink lots of water!!…take an extra dose of Canasa…currently on one dose every other day. Sometimes for unknown reason a Preparation H suppository for a few days also seems to help. Avoid fatty fried food and high carbs seems to help.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Junk food, not exercising, lack of vitamin d from sunlight, and stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Uncontrollable bowel movements
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Medications, especially steroids

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, too much sugar and too much dairy cause imbalances in my gut
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Lots of mucous, pain in the rectum, gas and bloating, and bowel movements speed up (i.e. I have more of them more frequently. ) I also used to get a rash on my stomach and too of my thighs.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I load up on mini trace minerals, magnesium specifically, L-Glutamine and mesalamine enemas.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
– Can be stress or diet
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
– Cramping and stomach discomfort
– Very frequent trips to the bathroom
– Blood and mucus in stool
– Weight loss
– Results in increased stress/ anxiety related to symptoms
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
– Bland diet
– No alcohol consumption
– Yoga and meditation
– Counselling and therapy
– Increased dosage of anti-inflammatory medication

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I don’t know of anything that triggers my flares. They seem random.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I have stomach discomfort, then eventually see blood in my stool.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I have come out of flares by increasing dosage of asacol, by taking prednisone, by using enemas, or a combination of those treatments.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Urgency
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Reducing stress

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, change in seasons, vaccinations.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Looser bowel movements, cramping, more urgency. Mucous and blood if the flare up is bad.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Remove stress, eat simple to digest meals (try to stick to SCD), meditate. Try to rest and sleep well.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Mainly it is when I reduce Rx meds (bc I’ve built up my immune systems strength). When I’m at a low dosage, the Mental/emotional/physical stressors lead to flares.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
First, blood in stool which increases then stool becomes less formed and becomes mush. Frequency of BMs increase dramatically from 3-7 or more a day. Abdominal and rectum pain begin and increase. Fevers start and I panic, cry often, and stay lying down most of the day into bedtime. Cannot digest solid food at that time and only eating broth and predigested whey protein smoothies.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Urgent care: for IV fluids and steroids. Increase meds. Follow liquid diet until making normal stools again. Rest and no work.


 

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Food i have given up , coffee dairy, raw fruit and veg, all gluten ,eggs ,all fried food and i am in remission at the moment
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
pain in my stomach and more bathroom visits.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I have altered my eating habits completely, to cope i try and stay away from stressful situations and rest a lot more if possible.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I’m really unsure, it seems to be nearly random so i’m starting to wonder if it’s stress of maybe a factor of myself that i can’t observe on a daily basis.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I get severely lethargic, and the first sign i’m going to flare is little mouth ulcers that are excruciating and make eating near impossible, and by the next day i can barely move due to abdominal pain and swelling and eating isn’t even an option until near the end of the flare. I cannot process any solid foods, it’s extremely painful, I pretty much live off of soup broth and water while i flare. Oh, and peppermint tea seems to be okay as well.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Honestly? Nothing I have found helps slow or stop my flares, and sleeping aggravates it so the longer the flare is the harder it is to get past it. However, there are a few things i do coming out of a flare or during one to cope with the symptoms. I’m a frequent marijuana user, and it’s the only thing that allows me to eat or sleep during my flares, however i can do regular every day things after some heat treatment to my lower back, or the Dr Ho TENS system on the same area seems to alleviate the pain for a significant while (anywhere from 4-12 hours(for the TENS) or around 2 hours for the heat treatment, depending on severity) and most of those help me get at least a little rest and food while i’m flaring. My cat also helps, he knows when i’m hurting and comes to lie down on my lap, and his purring seems to help abate the pain a little, it’s amazing!

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress and certain foods, anything spicy, wholegrain breads, dairy.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Abdominal pain, feel low and tired, diarrhoea, loose stools, urgent need for loo
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Am on medication currently to maintain remission – Mercaptopurine, Calcium & Vit D, Ursofalk for liver (burnt out auto-immune hepatitis caused by UC), Hydrocortisone (for secondary adrenal failure – caused by UC use of prednisolone).

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
Anxiety
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Bowel movements
Distinctive abdominal pain
Abdominal bloating
Fatigue
Muscular pain
Upper back and neck pain
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Diet: avoiding fresh salads, lentils, beans, citrus fruits, dairy products
Rest
Higher doses of Mesalazine
Steroid injections

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Severe lower abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, joint pain
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Lots of rest, bland diet: canned soup and sandwiches. Usually drink milk and water. Dairy doesn’t seem to aggravate my symptoms.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I typically run a fever.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Change in diet, lifestyle and I start back on medications.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress and lack of rest.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I feel very tired, low in mood and poop white stuff.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I try to stay calm, rest more and make sure I am taking natural supplements such as L-Glutamine. I also increase my gut-soothing meals. Stewed apples, bone broth etc.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I don’t know what causes my flare. But it gets worse when i eat insoluble fibre. Also banana gives me tummy cramps.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Foul smelling bloody diarrhea
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Still in my first flare. Been on this flare for more than 3 months now

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Eating multigrain crackers.
Sometimes when I’ve eaten a lot of broccoli in a week.
Eating corn.
Not taking my medication at the same time every day & forgetting to take the medication for a day or, after two consecutive days.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Stomach pains
Diarrhoea
Tiredness
Back pain
Bloating
Gassy
Waking up during the night with sharp abdominal pains.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Rubbing my abdomen
Taking anti-inflammatory medication
Taking panadeine forte medication
Rub voltaren on my back
Take my medication every day.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I’m following the SCD and as I am slowly heading to a remission, I start introducing new foods into my diet that I previously could not tolerate e.g. white bread, spaghetti. However,all of the items on the list below trigger UC flares each and every time I accidentally consume them:
1. Dairy (even in trace quantities)
2. Grains (especially oats and rice)
3. Caffeine
4. Chocolate
5. Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
A LOT of blood every time I go to the bathroom, pain in my stomach, bloatiness, diarrhea.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I usually try to do a couple of days where I just eat pureed chicken soup and smoothies: this is a sure way to get me out of the flare. I also find that taking baths really helps to calm my mind and relax my body: this is a contributing factor to my healing.
I happen to have a UC flare if I accidentally consume some foods that I shouldn’t be eating under the SCD: e.g. last time I had a flare up, I ordered a turmeric latte from a local coffee shop and forgot to mention that they should put almond milk instead of dairy milk, so I had a sip of that drink and then I had the worst flare up I ever had. It also happens that if my friends are cooking for their dinner parties and I send them a list of things I shouldn’t eat, they can easily confuse something and add a prohibited ingridient in my dish.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Exhausted, blood, stomach cramps, bloated.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Brat diet. Entyvio infusion

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
STRESS AND SPICY FOODS
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
JOINT PAIN FATIGUE DIARRHEA WITH BLOOD AND MUCUS
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
UP MY MEDS TRY TO SYAY CALM AND RELAXED

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Colonoscopy
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Bloody diarrhoea fatigue and painful joints
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Steroids pentasa enema and lots of sleep

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Not sure. I normally eat the same food over and over. I’m a real picky eater. I do drink lots of milk, ice cream, brownies without any problems
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Sweat, i get anxious
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Not sure. It just goes away or i take steroid pills from dr.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress and food are consistent triggers.
The stress of a painful liver biopsy caused a flare that lasted 4 months.
Stress from busy schedules, missing a meal, and getting too hungry cause careless eating.
Eating high fat foods, sweets, high fiber, and wine always trigger symptoms.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I was very stressed mentally and physically by the biopsy. The pain lasted about 5 days. On the 10th day after the biopsy I began passing blood. My bowel movements were incomplete, and my rectum felt uncomfortably full.
I have general anxiety, including rare full blown panic attacks. If iI don’t manage the anxiety, it sets the stage for diarrhea, gas, too many bowel movements, and hemorrhoids
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I was prescribed Uceris for 2 months after the biopsy flare. I ate a bland, low residue diet.
Now I regularly take mesalomine, Imuran, and Lexipro. I avoid triggers like alcohol, high fat foods, spices and sweets. I stay in a routine. I enjoy belly dancing, Zumba, walking, and going to the gym. All great stress relievers.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Definitely eating certain foods. Stress.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Severe bloating, nausea, 10-15 BDs a day, pain, fatigue, salt cravings
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Eat small amounts boiled chicken, yoghurt and broth. its best just to not eat at all or follow a liquid diet.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Sweet things, tension , insomnia ,green leafy veggies , oats, milk…
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Round rumbling sound inside stomach as if something is boiling , burning sensation , sleeplessness , colon pain (pain exactly in the place from where the faecal matter comes out), pain in the extreme left side of the abdomen .
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Till now I havn’t .. I am still suffering… Have spent lots of money on medicines.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares? Every time I quit smoking I have a flare up How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body? I start feeling “yucky”. My stomach gets swollen, my bowel movements are totally different. I feel tired How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare? I take pedifrem

 

 

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Fast food, alcohol, overeating
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Lower left colon starts to ache, rectum starts to hurt and be sensitive
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
One Canasa suppository usually helps, regular exercise, camomile tea, eating more whole foods

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Excessive stress, careless dieting, to much sugar, wheat etc.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Foggy headed, fatigue
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Zapping, food grade peroxide taken internally, tighten up the diet, get rest, practice mind control, colon cleansing 2 x a week, 1 x a week when better

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress and no sleep
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I start to getting weak, nasueous, and bloated
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Steroids

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
Certain foods
Antibiotics medicine
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Change in stool
Change in stool frequency
Cramping in stomach/pain
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I see my gastroenterologist

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I THINK MY SEASONAL ALLERGIES OFTEN TRIGGER A FLARE SINCE I USUALLY HAVE A FLARE EVERY SPRING..
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I START HAVING ABDOMEN PAIN , MORE FREEQUENT BOWEL MOVEMENTS THAT BECOME LIQUID. INCREASE IN GAS ..SYMPTOMS CONTINUE TO GET WORSE WITH FREQUENT BLOODY STOOLS . ALSO I SUFFER FROM FATIGUE DURING A FLARE. I GET SO TIRED AND STAY TIRED.
MENTALLY I HAVE TO TRY HARD NOT TO GET STRESSED WHICH MAKES IT WORSE, ALSO I CAN FEEL MYSELF START TO GET DEPRESSED ABOUT BEING SICK. I KNOW I WILL HAVE TO GO TO MY GI AND GET ON PREDNSOINE , WHICH I HATE.. I TRY HARD TO TALK MYSELF OUT OF BEING IN A BAD MOOD
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I TRY HARD TO KEEP MY MOOD UP BY REMINDING MYSELF THAT I HAVE SURVIVED MANY FLARES AND WILL GET BETTER EVENTUALLY.
I CUT OUT RAW VEGGIS AND OTHER THINGS THAT ARE HARD TO DIGEST.
I HAVE TO GO TO MY GI DOC AND GET ON PREDNSOINE.
I CUT DOWN ON EXTRA ACTIVITIES SINCE I HAVE FATIGUE.
I HAVE HAD UC FOR OVER 30 YEARS ON GOOD YEARS I ONLY FLARE ONCE OR TWICE. ON BAD YEARS IT CAN BE A LOT MORE, AND MY FLARES USUALLY LAST 3 MONTHS. BUT LIKE I SAID I KNOW WIHT MEDS TIME AND WATCHING WHAT I EAT THEY EVENTUALLY PASS.
(Quick note from the editor…please do not use ALL CAPS ever again when writing on this site/surveys/comments etc…, in the future this will be deleted and not published as it is hard to read.., thx, Adam)

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Not eating the right foods. I am a strong believer in eating good food
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Stool is first. Then, oh no! Fatigue. So tired
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
The only way my flare went away was remicade, then it quit working and now entyvio is working very well. I do think clean eating is helping as well

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress. Alcohol. Skip medication.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Blood. Loose stools. Crappy. Bloated.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Take extra medication. Lialda and mesalamine Enema every night until over.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
stress and my depression
being overweight
certain food
not enough sleep
viruses
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
increased pain
uncontrolled diarrhea
medication to control diarrhea doesn’t work anymore
colonoscopy
not being able to tolerate all food
not being able to hold to the stool
increased depression
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I am taking antidepressants for over 10 years now. I am in close contact with my gastroenterologist who tries a new medication on me and performs needed tests.
I am enrolled myself into Weight Management Clinic and they are truly amazing to help me loose some weight.
I rest more and KEEP eating even if I don’t hold on to any food. I try to drink more water but personally I don’t feel any thirst and this particular task is very challenging for me.
I am fortunate to have my amazing family as a physical and emotional support. Without them I would be a mess (even bigger mess when you have a colitis flare).
I just survive! Take day by day! Try to stay optimistic!

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
don’t know is the short answer, sometimes if I have had the flu or a cold, or if I have been overdoing things I will have a flare up a week or so later. Other times I just have them when I am happy, not stressed and living sensibly !
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Tiredness first, high temperature, stomach pains, then frequent visits to the toilet.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Rest but get up early to give me time to have breakfast and go to the loo, plan my day so I can always reach a toilet, don’t eat salad, veg, eat soup. Carry on doing things but cut down some of my activities and have plenty of rest stops.
( I decided to retire one year early at the age of 59 and after 44 years in work because of my UC, and particularly how constantly tired I was over the last couple of years, having said that I managed to work for a long time with it, and was Managing Director of 2 companies )

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I don’t know but I think 2 things
Quitting social smoking
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Urgency for the toilet
Loose stools with slime and puss
Weird feeling on my scalp. Feels like I have sores on my scalp.
Blood in toilet
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Medication
Bone broth diet
Turmeric and ginger every day
kombucha and lots of fermented food
Smoking occasionally
Trying not to be stressed

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress. Gluten and Dairy seem to be triggers.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Feeling bloated, Abdominal pain, frequent loose stools, blood. When I eat within mins it is out.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Seeing my doctor. Focus on my diet and removing anything that can lead to Inflamation. Gluten, dairy, corn and carbonated drinks. Drink lots of water. Taking it easy and trying relax. Reduce travel stress. I typically workout to keep my mind going and take my mind off the effects. I do focus on taking DHA udos oil with Apple cider vinegar and aloe water 2 times a day. I also take a shake called I.Qed that is high in B-vitamins. I also stay compliant with my Asocol medicine.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Not entirely sure.
This past summer, there were terrible forest fires and thick choking smoke hung in the air for months. I saw blood and had a bit of looseness for the first time in years…it all went away after the fires died down and the smoke in the air disappeared.
Strange.
Other flares have happened in years prior, after I got a flu shot, after I took advil, and / or after consuming an alcoholic drink.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Blood and soft stools are always the first signs, as well a a bit or urgency.
I also tend to get various joint and / or body aches right before a flare.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I just keep taking my probiotic and ‘up’ the l-glutamine a bit.
Whatever caused the flare, I then avoid. I do not have the flu shot any more. I do not drink alcohol at all any more. I do not take advil any more. I could not, however, avoid the forest fire smoke this past summer. When the smoke went away, so did the mild flare that started.
The flare never develops into a full blown flare since I have been off meds and gone all natural.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Different things.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Starts with feeling generally unwell, pain in joints. Frequency of urgency, mucus & blood in stool. Pain!
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Usually cope quite well, manage flare at home with steroids (oral & or suppositories)

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, certain foods
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Mucous and blood in stool, pressure in rectum, distended abdomen, no appetite, no energy, feel like I’ve been run over by a truck. Sore from head to toe
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Staying hydrated, resting, eating a soft bland diet

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
The prep for the colonoscopy is a big offender. Sometimes, unwittingly taking certain meds that can cause flare. I also have scleroderma and find it difficult to navigate the meds without causing a flare. I can’t be certain of the other triggers, though I know once in a flare, fruits and veggies exacerbate it considerably.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Mucous. Mucosal shedding is the first sign.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I cope by upping my meds and by avoiding all fruits, veggies, chocolate and other offenders.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stressful situations that rise sometimes and forget to stay on track with meds.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Feeling starts in my stomach muscles feeling. Then my mind starts running with thoughts of when I had originally started onset of issues with more bathroom visits.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Relax, rest and slow down on diet habits. Meaning re re evaluate my eating and food plan.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
The season (sept-oct), steaks, vaping pot in a small pipe, raw spinach as a salad, not eating until late at night, junk food like candy bars and M & M’s, pizza, and BBQ.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Weeks and weeks of diarrhea, blood in stool. Feeling grumpy and upset stomach before BM. I recently had this happen and went to the emergency room. My Hemo was 7.7 I was there for 2 days and had a colonoscopy/endoscopy/cat scan and was told I have UC. still waiting for 2 biopsies. They put me on prednisone, florastor, metronidazole, mesalamine, and cipro. I am down to only mesalamine and prednisone and weaning off of predisone slowly. It has helped a little but still feel weak and can’t run if I wanted to.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Juicing, probiotics, drinking ginger, and eating 3 times a day.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
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How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Bleeding, mucous, diarhhea
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Medication

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Certain foods like lentils, beans, chickpeas, fried, fatty and sweet dishes make my symptoms worse. Yes, it is almost always the same foods that make it worse.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Loose stools with constipation, increased – frequency of bowel movements, mucus and blood in stool.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I stick to foods that I can tolerate well like eggs, avocados, cheese (in moderation), smoothies, bread, yogurt, almond milk, cooked / soft veggies. I absolutely avoid certain trigger foods like lentils, beans, chickpeas, fried, fatty and sweet dishes that make my symptoms worse.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
1 stress 2 alchohol 3 food 4 menstrual cycle
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Running to the bathroom, Painful bowel movements generally constipation, gas and bloated, indigestion gets worse, tired
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Increased my Meds Asacol 400mg 6 a day to 8, reduced stress, careful about food and limited alchohol

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Food groups, sugar, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, corn, E numbers.
Stress – stability issues base chakra – Home money work
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I start to bleed heavily from my colon
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
A lot of different things, food, decreasing stress levels, digestive enzymes, masalsine, Healing, working on my emotional body. Intensive emotional work.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
Diet
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Tired
Windy
Discharge
Cramps and pains like trapped wind
Bad skin
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Pentasa foam
Pro biotics

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, physical activity
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Anxiety, worried about having an accident, lose focus on what I am doing
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Force thoughts on anything else
Scout out the nearest restroom just in case, maybe move closer to its location

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I believe one flare was triggered by a stomach bug. I haven’t had many since diagnosis.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
mucus, urgency to go, dull pain in lower stomach area, all over sense of not feeling good.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
In the past I have used tips and advice I found on this website…. Ultimate Flora Probiotics, fiber capsules (psyllium husk), vitamin D tablets. Currently I drink Shakeology,
pretty much daily. It is full of pre and pro biotics, recommended daily nutrients and superfoods. I have had ZERO issues since I began drinking it in 2015. In fact I sometimes have problems in the opposite direction, meaning I sometimes don’t “go” everyday.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I am no convinced that my flares are seasonal, usually appear late autumn/early winter.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Frequent trips to toilet and no longer have solid stool. Just explosions of yuk!
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Last winter I didn’t take any of my medication (pentasa suppositories) , but started taking vitamin D, and goats milk kefir! Flare up went away itself and so far, so far this year, it’s not returned!

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
stress, strees, stress; not taking my medicines on a daily basis, some kind of food.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
start getting a lot of gas, that even causes pain. My whole body hurts, legs, arms. Sometimes a get a throat pain that does not seem to cure. Start feeling very tired.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I go the the doctor periodically. I have a colonoscopy once per year, sometimes twice a yer. Get biopsies done. Take my medicines…do not drink regular milk just lactose free. Reduce the sugar and all kind of sweets. No spicy food, no cigarettes, no alcohol… exercise a little bit, enjoy life. Not getting in trouble. I take C vitamin.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Body ache, pain going to toliet
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Hard to control, pred sol

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress number one, food, and then of course the blindside out of nowhere flare ..
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Cramping, urgency, and then living in the bathroom
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Prednisone, sleeping as much as I can after the nightly fun of living in bathroom , plus very very careful what I eat..

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress is always a trigger. I always get sick at the end of every year (I ease into the flare in October and by February will sometime have under control).
Certain foods can start a controllable flare. Flavored chips are one of the worst triggers. Coffee is now a no-no. I do not do gluten, which helps the ulcers in the mouth stay at bay.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Body – distended abdomen, strong bathroom urges, noisy tummy, mucus covered stool, ulcers in the mouth.
Mind – Complete and udder dread.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Controllable flare can be helped by a strict, clean diet and attempts to control stress.
Recently had a leave of absence from work due to hysterectomy. That’s the best I ever felt since being diagnosed with UC. I was able to eat a smart meal and rest afterwards and there was no work stress. That’s the most silent my UC has been since being diagnosed.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, spicy food , too much wine .
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Gurgling in belly , feeling bloated , passing blood , urgency or constipation with a bit of mucus passing
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Meditation , yoga , acidophilus , clean eating , pentasa x2 daily

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress and sugary treats :-)
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
More frequent bm’s, increased mucus, weight loss, blood.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Fasting for 3 days.
Avoid certain foods.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Not sure, but I would guess it happens when I’m stressed
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Some pain in abdomen, blood, diahrea
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Nothing special, just get on with what has to be done

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
more or less the same..
Alcohol,stress,normal food,fruits
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
star pain in my stomach,noisy,i get diarrhea
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Remicade
start to eat simple food
rest more

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I am having a flare up now. This time I went far too long between meals without eating; repeatedly. They say no hurry, no worry, no curry if you want to help yourself but lately I’ve had all three. I’ve learned from painful experience that I need small regular meals..missing meals or going 6 hours before eating something is a definite no no.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I get a very low pain in my tummy with discomfort. Then a lot of wind and bloating followed by blood in the stools, also mucus and water. Then many, many trips to the toilet each day.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Usually steroid enemas but this time I’m resting and being strict with my diet. Giving up meat and trying Gluten free.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I HAVE COLITIS NOT UC. My flare ups, and the original cause is down to my auto immune system. I have experimented on myself, and now have no problem with flare ups, why? because I am sure my condition was caused by a series of treatments where three different anti-biotics were used, killing my gut flora. Repair begins with that realization, then stage two , involves ditching all medication, and suffering, then drinking sources of butylic acid, my preference is goats milk., then adding tumeric, and black pepper,in a small drink. Stage three is to eat capsules of garden soil for one week, the assess the result, stage four is to drink sea water, three times a day for a week, then assess the result, stage four is to drink unpasteurised goats milk every day for a week. The last stage is to procure a feceal implant, to replenish the last group of bacteria, that cannot be imbibed, or eaten, because they are oxygen sensitive (F Prausnitzi) I reckon I will be cured in Jan/Feb next year.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Flares began with mouth ulcers…immune system damage.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I will have cured this problem by Jan/Feb next year.It will have taken five to six months after realizing the problem was an auto immune system breakdown, caused by anti biotics. I have suffered with it for five years, I now have it under control, ready to cure.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Tired.
Stressed.
Feel under the weather.
Blood and slime in stools.
Frequency of bowel movements increases and urgency to go gets really desperate.
Rash on leg gets worse – flares up. Mouth ulcers. Get cystitis.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare? Having been upped to the maximum on mezaline they now prescribe steroid suppositries as well as.
Stick to a blandish diet.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Change of medicines, certain foods and stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Urgency of going to the restroom, abdominal pain and feeling very tired
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
My flare ups end with me going to the hospital no in between

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Not always the same thing. But I do get a flare in the fall when the season changes it’s a guarntee!
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I start out with left side pain and eventually in to a major flare
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Usually steroids

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, some food changes
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Bloating, increased frequency of bowel movements, diaorrea, pain in upper abdomen. Anxiousness due to frequency of bathroom visits needed.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Prednisone tapering, 6MP. Basic foods, bananas, plain bread. Avoid alcohol, dairy and carbonated drinks, and heavy meat (steak etc).

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Time of year normally Autumn, or January is when my symptoms get worse or I flare. Don’t really know what triggers a flare
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
For me urgency and stomach cramps or rumbling stomach. My mind is conscious of my colitis and I do live with a fear of entering a flare, the rumbling stomach starts alarm bells ringing
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Normally with Predisone and colifoam. Daily I take turmeric, fish oil and probiotic capsules.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I am not completely sure, but maybe stress and hormone changes.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Watery, frequent, urgent and bloody stools
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Remicade, 6mp, steroids, yoga, healthy eating, meditation, pregnancy, breastfeeding- combination of all of this

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I made too many dietary changes at the same time, so I don’t know which change triggered the disease. It’s been in remission for five years until now.
I added pumpernickel bread, a pasteurized Kirkland greens drink made in Turkey, soft-boiled eggs, kombucha beverage, lemon juice, sprouted seeds, and a Chinese herb or two. And now my ulcerative proctitis is out of remission.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I experience urgency with gas that expels watery mucus, mixed with blood. I’ve become more weak, achy, and sad. The urgent toilet events are loud and embarrassing. Not to mention messy.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare? I increased my Lialda from one a day to four a day. I am spending the day on a juice fast, which includes greens juice, organic unfiltered apple juice, cranberry juice, and teas. Last time my ulcerative proctitis came out of remission, in November 2012, I was on juice for several days, which got it into remission–after a prednisone IV in the hospital did nothing to improve my condition. You need to give your colon a rest from the digestion process. I use juices from Trader Joe’s.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress and the typical ebb n flow if the disease.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Body aches n blood presence
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Prednisone tapper
Failed the following sulfa, imuran ,6mp, Asacol, humira

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Feel run down and “bloaty”
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I am on a 6 week regimen of Remicade infusions, flare free for 8-9 months

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Seasonal, hormones
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Extremely tired, foggy mind, inflammation, urgent need to defecate, and ultimately blood
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
After my last flare put me in the hospital last year and having a doctor tell me that if I had waited any longer to get to the hospital, I wouldn’t have seen 2017. Lesson learned, don’t self-medicate to get out of a flare. I’m lucky in that I have found a great gastroenterology staff. Yes, I still have a couple of supplements that I’m continuing yet I’m glad that my body has taken to Remicade — 8 months in remission and counting.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Can’t identify triggers–but I never can eat spicy foods anymore.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Cramping and diarrhea
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Immodium for symptom relief; Uceris; Sacchoromyces Boulardi 3x daily; Strict Gluten Free Diet

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Different
Mostly stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Flu like sym
Mucus in stool
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Meds

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Usually an extreme stress and/or a miss dose of my Humira weekly dose
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Loose cow patty stool looking rusty in color,,, weak and shortness of breath due to anemia,, exhaustion
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Always meds,,, NOTHING ELSE HAS EVER WORKED IN 35 years,, unfortunately,,, and I️ have tried it ALL!! From acupuncture to functional medicine to aurvedic medicine,,,

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Can never pin it down to one cause
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I get a ” different” diarrhea
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Always prednisone.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress and winter weather
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Anxiety, bloody stool, urgency to use the bathroom.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Remicade has helped prevent flares. I still have IBS symptoms, though. I cope by eating non spicy/non fried foods, reading, relaxing, laughing, getting massages, being around animals. My friends and family are also very supportive and help with chores and anything else I need.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I have been in an active flare that has progressively gotten worse from May 2012 through present day. I have been on several biologics and have either been allergic to them or built antibodies to them.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Continued urgency, bloody, mucus filled diarrhea, 15-18 bowel movements daily, abdominal pain/cramping, nausea,vomiting, etc. My mind just has constant anxiety now as everything has increased from mild to moderate to severe. I also have other autoimmune diseases since being diagnosed with UC in 2012.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Never been out and as far as coping I started going to a therapist 3 weeks ago.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Pienso Estrés principalmente y falta del medicamento
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Ir al baño continuamente. Pequeñas diarreas
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Algo de dieta y Asacol o Claversal de 500mg

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Monsoon
Antibiotics
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Worsening symptoms
Discomfort throughout
Weight loss
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Following the treatment
Praying and hoping for the best

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Unsure. I’ve only experienced 2 flares in 20 Years. Stress and stopping smoking are the only real memorable things associated with the flares
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Stomach cramps, mucous, bleeding and frequent trips to the bathroom
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Flare started 1 year ago, been in remission a couple of times however on max doses of current meds. Have had to add additional meds as well. Coping has been difficult at times. Try to take it just 1 day at a time

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Not sure as I’ve not had a flare since my diagnosis.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
N/A
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
N/A

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Fever, aches, fatigue, bleeding
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Get up and get on with it. Take meds. Ultimately meds failed and had colon removed, never looked back best thing I ever did. Am free.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Different things, a course of antibiotics, stress, change of weather autumn to winter
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
More frequent loose stools, pain lower left abdomen
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Following a fodmap diet, this time steroid enemas which seem to be working

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stressful situations, sometimes my UC realises I’m stressed before I do!
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Large quantities of mucus in my stools, diarrhoea, urgency and, if it’s really bad, I go slightly green!
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Generally a major flare will require steroid enemas, in the early stages I can sometimes head it off by increasing my Asacol meds and making an effort to relax.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Different things
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Mild belly discomfort, gaining in intensity and building sense of urgency. Panic.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Result is always extreme fatigue. I’m retired so I stay home for 24-48 hours while my body recovers. Flare up started in Nov 2014 (3 years). Am on 4800 ASACOL & salofalk Enema daily but I still have episodes every 12-14 days.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress is definitely a main factor.
I also seem to always experience a flare in the fall months. Every year for the last 8 years. Are seasonal flares a thing?
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Pain, fatigue, mucus and blood in stool, extreme urgency.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Watching diet, avoiding stress, probiotics, kambucca.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Urgency and informed stools and in bathroom frequently and 24/7
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
strict diet control and various medications. Hospitalized x2 past 10 years. Each flare worse than previous flare

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
1) being physically tired – afterall I am 70 in three days
2) Being stressed – this past year I moved to another state and even with the expected issues of moving, I basically packed and loaded, took to storage unloaded and stacked, found place to live loaded and moved two hour trip – numerous trips made with just boxes full. then rented and loaded a 28 ‘ Uhaul – when I got to new home I had to hire someone to unload (actually two guys) cause I was whipped from loading the truck in 100 degree weather.
I find that stress and or anxiety especially when together will start a flare.
3) If I have the wrong things to eat then it exacerbates the situation even more.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I usually can feel it by bowel movement spasms and stomach rumblings. I know it is coming and I reach for my Apriso real quick and take one on the spot. Several times a year I will pickup an intestinal virus and my bowels go crazy – no control of the spasms and the resulting not reaching a toilet in time – most times I not only get to clean the floor up but my bod as well. One time it started when IO was sleeping and it occurred twice more that night as I slept – I finally ran it out by just sitting on toilet till the apriso kicked in.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I stick near a toilet, I keep several changes of underwear and pants nearby especially when traveling or visiting my folks. My doctor and I experimented With Apriso initially to try and reduce pharma recommended dosage and find what would work best for me. We were able to reduce by half the recommended dosage and on occasion I can go a day or two with one quarter of the dosage if all other factors are positive. This helped to make the copay for Rx more compatible with my retirement benefits. If a flare blows up I will go to 4 a day till it calms down.
I might add that almost two years ago I had a hiatal hernia fixed which stopped my GERD and resultant scar tissue near opening of esophagus. Three months later I had a bariatric sleeve surgery to help me lose 100 lbs – I have lost 70 so far and probably have another 10-15 lbs in the excess skin donut hanging from my abdomen. Obviously cleaning up some of the issues on the top of my food processing organs might have had some effect on the lower end as well as the changes in my diet.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Don’t know
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Cramping pain in left hand side
Blood in stools
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Ben two years without remission
Only get relief with steroids

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Never been able to pin down an exact cause. I have think some foods may contribute and possibly stress but I’ve not been able to definitely say exactly what causes them.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Blood starts showing up first. Abdominal pain and cramps later. Feel tired and lose appetitite.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
After being diagnosed my GI started me on lialda 4x a day which worked great for 6 mos. We then cut me down to 2x and I was good til right before the holidays a year ago when I started into a really bad flare. Went back up to 4x. Figured it might just be stress and diet from holidays but it continued into January. I tried changing diet and habits. And it finally ended. I had a colonoscopy in March that showed I was clear. I tracked everything I ate and avoided foods I thought could trigger it. Stayed on my lialda and but in June I flared again. I did not go back to my GI because I thought I could control it with diet alone. I was wrong and flares continued off and on all summer into fall. Finally I had one so bad I went to see my GI. He was pretty upset with me not calling him right away. We first tried Canada suppositories which worked for about two weeks then I had my worst flare ever. Ug. Called Doc back and started steroid Uceris. Felt better right away. Been on it for a month now and feel great. Keeping fingers crossed.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Eating certain types of food. Onions. Stress is a big one I can feel the pain starting….flare begins
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Body is in severe pain, tummy and chest ache. I get emotional and moody, I feel really low.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I struggle to cope, I guess I just try and relax and think of good things. I am very careful what I eat, I go bland. Chicken and rice or plain food nothing on it.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Sinus infection from fall allergies (1st one in 4 yrs…)
Stress..physical and emotional
Eating for comfort or eating very little
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Constipation..diarrhea…pain in gut..blood in stool
I panic,I have accidents when out..I stop my life
(This has not happened in 3 years..)
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I changed Doctors,I began Remicade infusion, and I decided to start really listening to what my body, heart and mind really wanted..I got serious about what I was teaching to others about their body/mind/soul also pertains to myself also

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Eating the wrong food + increase in stress levels.The
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
The start of the flare triggers anxiety & your mind become frazzled & Stressed which In turn wrecks havoc on ya bowels !
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Give up on the alcohol pdq + eat more sensibly & get more relaxation in !

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress at work.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Mucus in my stool
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Medication

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress definitely and one time a certain medication
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Slowly start having nausea and diarrhea, and my hunger goes away. I’ll cramp more than usual (I also have IBS so I still cramp most days). Eventually it gets out of control and the weight loss starts. Exhausted doesn’t even cover how I feel.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
It takes a lot of mental strength and pep talking myself. It was a mix of steroids and switching meds, plus a simple diet that calmed things down.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Abdominal pain, cramping and diarrhea. Bloody stools and mucous. Also fatigue and some joint pain.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Humira. But developed sepsis, so I stopped. Went into a new terrible flare, so started remicade. Flare is nearly gone after 3 infusions.
Gastro Dr is now thinking I have Crohns instead, but hasn’t officially changed dx.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Same time every year in the fall I have a flare. It may be due to stress at that time of the year.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Bloody diarrhea, stomach pain, gas and bloating.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Steroids, diet change following SCD making my own yogurt.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, too much sugar, spicy foods, pore sleeping routines, excessive physical exercise, solar flares (ok, not really)
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Urgency is the first sign for me. I then start seeing mucus in my stools.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I have found an amazing pre-made yogurt that I keep in the fridge. It’s called Nancy’s yogurt and is made in Oregon. I buy the plain yogurt which has no added flavors or additional sweeteners. It’s the only commercial yogurt that I have found that is cultured for 8-10 hours. I start on a regimen of morning and nighttime 1/4 – 1/2 cup servings. I can typically be back under control within a week.
I have also found that beer really messes my guts up. I eat a very low-sugar diet and stay away from “bad” foods 95% of the time. I do cheat and have fast food once in a while, but it’s only a chicken sandwich that hasn’t been fried.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Looser stools feeling depressed
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Steroids

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Unpredictable
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Bloody mucus, diarrhea
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Medication. Steroids, then eventually maintenance with Remicade, Rowasa enemas and liadla. SCD very important as well.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Diet – sugar and carbs.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Bloody bowel movements
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Strict adherence to SCD diet plus massive doses of steroids. I am currently in remission thanks to the above plus a regimen of Entyvio (Vedolizumab) and 6 Mercaptopurine.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
I strongly believe that stress is my trigger.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Firstly the urgency to empty my bowel starts. Normally up to 7 times daily the first few days, then onto 10x, then rising between 20x. My flares always result in a hospital stay for 2/3 weeks. They get severe very fast. Mentally I’m drained and go into a depressive sad state.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Normally I’m admitted straight into hospital where they dose me up with IV steroids and fluids. That pretty much calms the inflammation down straight away. I have been bodybuilding a few years now (I’m a female), and I find that bodybuilding a strict diet, good sleep and minimal stress helps me hugely.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress!
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
First sign is loss of appetite.
Second is persistent diarrhea with terrible cramping
Third is blood, more cramping, and abdomen hurts just to touch- it feels like I got hit in the stomach with a baseball bat
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I cope best I can. Rest when possible. Always have an extra pair of pants in my car just in case ?

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Not sure but every October or November since diagnosed (2006) I have a very bad flare!
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Stomach pain
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Rowasa seems to take me out of a flare almost every time

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Heavy drinking Alcohol
Stress
Winter time
Eating out too much
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Really smelly farts
Urgent bathroom trips like I’m not able to get to sometimes
Blood in stool
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Lots of Imodium
Praying
Steroids although I try not to
No working out
No alcohol or greasy foods
Stay at home and rest

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Extreme Anxiety, major stress, and too much sugar.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Tired feeling, night sweats, loose, bloody stool. Mucous. General malaise.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Prednisone. Check in with Doctor, control anxiety, rest and eating better.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Not sure what causes the flare but when steroids are stopped or reduced to 25 mg from 40 can seem to come back.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Frequency of loo visits with uregency and then puss and/or blood.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Doctor and steroids. But doc just told me about a woman (52yrs) who starts smoking cigarettes and it stops flare in 2/3 days. My UC was diagnosed (by colonoscopy for 3 yrs ) but no flare till I stopped smoking for 2/3 months. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I restarted the cigs.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, drinking alcohol, eating junk food.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Very intense, urgent, painful bowel movements, body covered in sweat and shaky.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Medication at onset of UC. Prednisone and mercaptopurine. Nutritarian diet combined with medication led to remission. 4 years off all medication and maintaining healthy diet.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Not taking my LDN (low dose naltrexone).
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Blood…urgency.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Hit the prednisone hard for a week ..then get start taking my LDN on a regular basis.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, my worst flares have coincided with labor and delivery of my two children.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I know because I constantly have to go to the bathroom more and more. Then I start having joint pain in my legs. Depression sets is shortly after.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I am currently in a flare. Requested to go back to my original med. Have seen some improvement with that and watching what I eat. I can’t seem to kick this one though.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Sometimes seems cyclical. Also stress is a major factor.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Pain/blood in stool, depression. A general low feeling mentally and physically.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
SCD and Naltrexone!! Works every time without fail. Also find marijuana to be very helpful and a regimen of supplements combined with yoga.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress and anxiety
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I know I’m starting to flare because i start seeing blood in my stools along with a change in how stools appear.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I start on Canasa and jump on to a bland diet for a few days.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
stress, cheese, fizzy wine
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I see mucos, my lower tummy gets sore, I feel nausea in the morning
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
diet, and I take ventilated clay for about 1 week, once a day, plus mega doses VLS#3

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Mostly the same things, stress and food
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Spasms to the extreme and blood in stool
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Copious amounts of weed and buscopan

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
blood, mucus, mulitple trips to the bathroom
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I’m new to this

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, seasonal changes, food, other non-related sickness like colds or flu
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I become very fatigued, cranky, experience more flatulence, diarrhea starts or increases, lots of bowel sounds, joint pain
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I immediately go to a low residue diet if I can’t control it myself I usually get a script for prednisone

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Taking antibiotics.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Bleeding in stool.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Start using Shipt so all my food can be delivered to me. Start emailing my circle of friends so they can start praying for me and begin regularly checking in with me. Start taking prednisone and using Canasa suppositories. Make homemade yogurt. Continue SCD. Continue DoTerra Vegan Lifelong Vitality Supplements.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Poor diet (too many carbs/sugars), stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Mucus, blood, cramping, exhaustion, depression
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
VSL#3, Rowasa enemas, bone broth, turmeric, peppermint caps, extra water intake, lots of rest, patience and prayers!

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, artificial sweeteners, some foods
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Frequent BMs (20+ a day), bleeding, loose stools, fecal incontinence, anxiety, loss of appetite
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Prednisone is the only thing that works to calm my flares down.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Alcohol, stress
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Cramps and bloody Diarrhea
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Liquid diet to rest the colon.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
*STRESS!!!!!!!!
*Vacation (I believe it’s because I tend to be walking a crazy amount and veering away from my diet even slightly)
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
*Hot flashes
*Weakness/fatigue/need for ridiculous amounts of sleep
*cramping
*diarrhea
*blood/mucous
*rectal/tailbone pain
*lower back pain
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I follow SCD. If I feel a flare coming on, I buckle down on the diet and go straight to the “Intro” (chicken broth, carrots, plain chicken breasts, zucchini, applesauce, bananas, and mint tea). That seems to do it for me. I also try to rest and not over do my body.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Coffee, not being strict On SCD and stress. Also seems to be seasonal…
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Feel fine, but faecal calprotectin gets very high.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Going to see doc and being strict with SCD and staying away from trigger foods.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
When I’ve eaten something I shouldn’t have.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Blood in stools
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Go back on strict scd

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress is a huge factor with mine. Not just emotional but physical as well. I was running on empty and it would set off a major flair.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
I feel drained. It hurts to eat, and everything hurts like a bad day during your period. I almost feel like Im on my period.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
I typically need medical intervention.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Stress, eating the wrong foods when I feel really hungry. Sugars, starches, acidic foods,to much red meat. Certain vegetables and fruits.
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
More bloating than normal. More gas than normal, cramps oh dear god the cramps. Feeling tired and sore all the time. Depression starts to set in. Just want to curl up in a ball and not move.
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Try not to eat solid food for 3-4 days. Home made veggie, chicken broths. Rest as much as I can.

What do you think TRIGGERS your UC flares? Is it always the same thing, or do different things trigger your colitis flares?
Different things
How do you know you have entered a UC Flare? What starts to happen to your mind and/or body?
Loose energy , feel down , mouth ulcers ,stomach cramps
How do you cope with and how have you brought yourself out of an Ulcerative Colitis flare?
Hemp oil , pro biotic ,,ginger ,tumuric. … porridge and plenty of fresh fish , homemade soup

 

 

 

 

 

——-And that folks, concludes the 2017 Ulcerative Colitis Flare survey.

Thank you very much again to the 776 people who participated, it is very much appreciated, and I very much apologize for the delay in getting all of this posted with each of the individual responses with the pictures for everyone who posted their pictures.  It has taken me much longer than anticipated to get all of this up for absolutely no good reason.

I hope that you can learn a few things from other’s responses, and perhaps you will as well realize that there are some similarities with you and your ulcerative colitis and that of others.

Thank you again for being a part of the website,

 

Adam




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