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   Posted 10/5/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
So, I have been sick quite awhile...over 9 years. I was diagnosed with IBS over 6 years ago, but then things got a lot worse. I was having tons of abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, nausea, the works. I had a colonoscopy done originally that turned up 'focal active colitis', but my doctor at the time wrote it off as nothing to worry about.

Fast-forward to several months ago....things have gotten really bad. Lots of diarrhea, tons of mucus, blood streaks, etc. I've had 3 ER trips in the last year for dehydration and pain. I was finally referred to a specialty hospital here in Florida (Shands), and they repeated my colonoscopy and also got hits for 'nonspecific focal active colitis'. The weird thing is that visually, apparently things look normal...it's just the biopsies that are all messed up. I recently had the IBD Serology 7 thing drawn, but the results are not back from that yet.

So for now, I'm being treated with Flagyl, Cipro, and Lialda while we wait for more results. I guess my questions are, is colitis like that usually consistent with Crohn's or UC?

Thanks for any help or advice you might have for me. :)

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   Posted 10/5/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Your symptoms sound a little more like UC than Crohns, but without biopsy and serology results it is often difficult to tell the difference. There are really a number of things that could cause what is going on with you and what they have seen on scopes, from bacterial infection to one of the main forms of IBD. Bleeding, howerer, is not a common thing in IBS. I would say see what the various lab results tell you and yuo might also consider investigating the small bowel, since many Crohns cases are centered in the terminal ileum, which cannot be visulaized with a c-scope. Maybe ask for a SBFT series or even the pill cam to seee if something amy be going on higher up.

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   Posted 10/5/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
From what I know, when there's no visual inflammation via colonoscopy but biopsies show inflammation that points towards collegenous colitis aka; microscopic colitis.

bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
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