Hello out there :) Had a colonoscopy last Tuesday, and was diagnosed with severe, deep ulcerations throughout the lower intestines. Pic's were unbelievable to look at. (can't believe that's inside of ME)
I am relieved to have a diagnosis after YEARS of inflammation and what I thought were just "strange" symtoms. It all started in 2005 with a serious case of uveitis. Both eyes were bright red, almost lost vision, steriod injections in eye, followed by elevated eye pressure and borderline glaucoma. BUT....had no other symptoms.
Then, had a few cases of joint pain/swelling in knees and ankles that lasted for a few weeks.....but, no other symptoms.
Then, in 2008, I had what I call my first "flare-up". Chronic Diarrhea, erythema nodosom on lower legs, terrible joint pain and swelling lasted for about 4-5 weeks. It was miserable. (had a colonoscopy - no sign of anything??)
Fast forward to June 2010, I felt that same "flare-up" was here again. Same symptoms as before, diarrhea, leg sores, but this time....the worst mouth ulcers EVER!! I had over 20 ulcers in the back of my throat. I couldn't even drink water. Lasted about 4 weeks this time. Sed rate was high, and finally colonoscopy proved that something was going on!
So now I wait for my insurance authorization to see GI doctor. Meanwhile, The GI who did my colonoscopy put me on Lialda, and wrote on my report," See Gastroenterologist for possible Prednisone and Remicaide.
Any advice or thoughts from you "crohn's veterans" would be appreciated!!