I joined the forum back in '07 after my UP dignosis in late '06. It wasn't until mid '07 that, after an 18 or so month flare did i finally acheive remission. For years, I'd always had "issues" that, by the time I would actually get in to see a GI specialist, would 'go away'.
Currently I am in another flare, without a GP/PCP (my GP "up and left" the practice he was at, took my files (they are 'his' property') and went to another practice. I have NO desire what-so-ever to follow him to his new practice, so, I am (for lack of a better term) doctor shopping. I did manage to convince a doctor at a walk-in clinic to send off a referral to the GI Clinic - now I am waiting for an appointment. I also had that same doctor write me a script for 5ASA, Salofalk supps and Buscopan for the spasms.
Lately I have been pretty much lurking the forum taking in as much information as I can absorb. My flare would be considered mild to moderate, les than 10 bm/day with no nocturnal bm. However, over the last few days, when passing gas, I am also passing mucous and blood. I should be taking the Asacol 3 times a day, but, I can't tolerate that much (4800mg/day) so I am only taking it twice a day. When I do take the higher dose, I find I feel worse with it than without it.
I did manage to get copies of the letters from the GI clinic I was diagnosed at (across the country), and, I'm hoping you knowledgable folks will be able to shed some light on things for me.
"...histopathlogy reveals inflammatory changes consistent with idiopathic IBD. Given the sigmoidoscopic appearance, this is most likely to be ulcerative proctitis but given the fact that there was a granuloma identified, the possibility remains that this will eventually prove to be Crohn's disese"
"...sigmoidoscopy reveals moderate to severe proctitis, which gradually improves in the distal sigmoid....there are multiple discrete erythmatous areas, not a patter typical of UC. This raises the possibility to Crohn's disease"
Do you think that, given the above comments, I fall into the "indeterminate colitis" category?
I guess my reason for posting all of this is - is I'd like to know what your intpretation is. I'm just trying to inform myself a bit more before I actually get into see a GI doc.
McGut - if you don't mind me asking, where in NS are you and do you see someone at the GI clinic in Halifax?
Thanks for your time everyone.