Who needs a doctor.
It's funny, after all these years I can tell when I'm getting a flare up even before the obvious signs show up, like swelling and pain.
'Normal' people can tell when they are getting sick simply by having a runny nose, headache, stuffed up, sore throat, watery eyes, red eyes, cough, diarrhea, etc.
I can tell by having a bowel movement. Yep, that's right. I can tell that I'm about to get sick....by sitting on the toilet.
It's not very scientific, but simply, it's the change in movements. Changes in frequency, color, smell and most importantly....gas. The more gas I start having, combined with the others, I can tell that in just a few days, I'm going to have a flare. The only thing I can't tell, is the severity. I know this now because a day later, I got a flare right at my surgical site (as usual).
I never realized just how talented I really was!
Like I said, who needs a doctor.
It would be nice to be 'normal' again