This happens to me every once in a while.
Last night I woke up about 4 hours after having gone to bed with an extremely itchy *anus* that may have actually woken me up.
I stayed awake for a while and it eventually went away. I think I woke up 1 more time during the night.
Sometimes I get a little transient itchiness after a bowel movement as well.
I've checked things out the internet, and it seems like they say a lot of things ie Irritation can cause this. The only *specific* type of parasite I could come up with that can cause nighttime itchiness is the Pinworm.
Among all of the types of parasites that can cause UC like symptoms, I have not read anything about Pinworms. I am getting blood drawn this week and will get a parasite (stool) test.
I just wanted your guys comments on this. Part of me thinks, with all I have going on in my intestines, yeah, its just irritation. But the fact that I've gotten this *intense* itching at *night* really makes me wonder. I have been to Mexico many, many times, and eaten there. My last trip was 1 year before I landed in the ER, and my first trip was when I was 14 (and I ate there that time as well).
What do you guys think?
and What would you guys do?
PS - I was supposedly tested for parasites in the hospital. I did, however, overhear a nurse telling another nurse that "you can't send liquid stool samples to the lab, they won't test it" as I had nothing but diarrhea at that time. My Colonoscopy resulted in my GI deciding that I most likely had active colitis, no evidence of infectious.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses.