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Signs Your IBD May Be Flaring


Updated June 27, 2014

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Abdominal Pain

Diarrhea may be the first symptom you have that indicates your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is back again.

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One of the more troublesome symptoms of IBD, diarrhea can be an indication of a flare-up, especially if it is bloody. Some people with IBD also experience an intense need to move the bowels (called tenesmus) along with the diarrhea. In some cases, people feel very tired after having diarrhea, particularly when it is happening several times a day.

Diarrhea happens to everyone, but diarrhea that is not caused by IBD will typically resolve itself in a few days. With IBD, diarrhea will not abate on its own. For most people, the normal range for bowel movements is between one and three a day. During a flare-up, people with IBD could experience many more -- in a severe case, that could mean 10 or more bouts of diarrhea a day. Diarrhea that is accompanied by blood or abdominal pain should always be discussed with your physician as soon as possible.

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