So I just realized that I've been reading HealingWell for quite some time now, but just now decided that I should register and start posting.
I was diagnosed in May of 2011 with Ulcerative Colitis after my GI doctor performed a colonoscopy on me at the age of 25. His diagnosis at the time was that most of the damage was limited to the lower portions of the colon and was quite mild. He did find a few polyps during the examination that were cleaned up.
After that, I was prescribed Lialda (3 x 1.2mg) daily, which I have been maintaining for a little over a year now. I occasionally use Canasa suppositories or occasionally will use Anucort suppositories when things are especially bad.
Fairly standard stuff I know, but here's where I find myself different than most:
I often perceive my BMs as constipation, and did so for a while, but I recently became more aware of my body. I believe for the most part, my stools are formed, but during my UC flares my rectum and lower colon become so inflamed that it becomes physically painful to pass stools. I've never encountered diarrhea during my UC that wasn't caused by some other known factor (such as antibiotics when I had a cold, etc).
What makes me even more aware of this is that I was recently in remission, and during that time, I had no inflammation and my BMs were a pure JOY. I was on daily metamucil and I was probably passing the most healthy stools in my life. No effort, no pain, and afterwards you feel like you can go out and conquer the world.
So, I guess my body decided it was time to flare again, and I find myself needing a warm tub soak after my BMs at home. The heat helps to calm down the lightning storm that goes off in my lower colon. I'm keeping on with the metamucil and my diet remains unchanged, besides trying out foods that are purported to relieve inflammation.
Just wondering if anyone else is the same, or if perhaps I'm wrongly diagnosed?