...and the verdict is in: Crohn's Disease.
Dr. removed about 7" of the left side of my descending colon. He found some other 'indicators' that pointed towards this disease, but nothing requiring surgical intervention at this time. Just the one large, ulcerated spot.
I'm not sure what that means for further treatment. I just did a quick read on C'sD and find the treatment options are basically the same meds as I was taking for UC. For which I had no positive results. Hopefully the surgery has removed the 'problem spot' and I won't have any other flares or will be able to get future flares under control before they get out-of-hand.
Still, I feel remarkably well. Belly is still tender, but abdominal muscles are getting stronger every day and I am able to eat more and more.
We stopped and visited Q (my horse who I boarded during recovery) on the way home from the Dr office today. She pricked her ears right up when I called her name and I fed her a few of Hubby's french fries.
The drive home from the hospital the other day was an ordeal. Hubby, trying to get me home 'quickly' was on-the-gas, on-the-brake and lane changing. I finally lost it and told him I needed him to remain a smooth speed and keep forward/backward and side/side motion to a minimum. Every time I had to tense my abdomen for a sway of the car, my head falling back from acceleration or trying to step on the brake on my side of the car, it caused my abdomen to tense up and I was going to be very, very sore when I got home.
Luckily, he listened and started driving better, but I thought I was going to have to 'brain' him for a moment there. Or maybe I just wanted to 'brain' him?
I'll be checking out the Crohn's Forum.
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
I'd much rather laugh.