Digestive Health

Are You Having an IBD Flare?

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Question 1 of 6

I'm having joint pain

  • AFor the past few days, after I exercise, I seem to ache all over.
  • BLately, joint pain wakes me up in the middle of the night.
  • CI'm definitely a "morning person" no matter what.
  • DI feel stiff and ache-y in the morning - sometimes so much so, that I don't want to get out of bed.

Question 2 of 6

I have bowel discomfort

  • AI have painful cramps when I move my bowels. The pain goes away for a little while after the bowel movement, but the whole thing soon starts over when I have the next bowel movement.
  • BI have cramps that are relieved by moving my bowels - then, I'm "done," and I feel fine.
  • CWhen I have a bowel movement, it feels as though something is tearing me, or burning me "down below."
  • DSometimes lately, I have a strong sense of urgency to get to the toilet`sc` it's almost as if I'm about to have an "accident" - but, I really don't have to move my bowels after all.

Question 3 of 6

I have oral ulcers

  • ARecently, I've noticed several small, flat, whitish blisters in my mouth - inside my cheeks and the inner portions of my lips.
  • BI get blisters in my mouth - inside my cheeks, the inner portions of my lips, and the surfaces of my gums - when I eat rough goods, like chips or pretzels.
  • CMy gums have started to bleed when I brush and floss my teeth.
  • DI don't really pay much attention to what's going on inside my mouth.

Question 4 of 6

I have changes in my stools

  • AI move my bowels more often lately`sc` maybe, five or six times a day - but, the stools are formed, and they don't smell particularly unusual.
  • BI move my bowels more often lately`sc` five or more times a day - the stools are liquid or mostly liquid, and they smell unusually foul.
  • CMy stools are liquid, or mostly liquid, with bright red blood mixed in.
  • DWhen I wipe myself after I have a bowel movement, there's some bright, red blood on the toilet paper.

Question 5 of 6

I'm fatigued or feverish

  • AI've noticed that I've been running a low grade fever for the past few days - and, I can't imagine why.
  • BI've been tiring easily lately - I've even started taking naps - and, I've been running a low grade fever for the past few days.
  • CI've been restless recently`sc` I can't seem to fall asleep peacefully.
  • DI fall asleep at night, and wake up in the morning, without any problems.

Question 6 of 6

Foods seem to bother me

  • ALately, I get heartburn when I drink things like soda, lemonade, or orange juice.
  • BI eat what I want, whenever I want, without any worry.
  • CSometimes, when I lay down at night to go to sleep, food from dinner comes up into my throat and burns a little, before going back down again.
  • DUsually, meals aren't a problem for me - but lately, after eating certain foods, I have pain, and have to move my bowels urgently.