I have been a UC patient going on 22 years now. Mostly in remission except for an occasional flare. Flares have changed for me. No more diarrhea with my flares. But uncomfortable pressure and stinging in my lower left side accompanied by gas. And bad bouts of gas at times. And usually at night and early in the morning upon rising. Sure wish that would go away and stay away. Noticing certain foods now cause me many problems and I am trying a process of elimination right now starting with regular milk. I have changed to a soy vanilla lactose free milk, and while things are not completely gone it has improved. Wondering if I don't have IBS, the reason for all these different symptoms. Drives me crazy when I feel like I need to go to the bathroom and then am in there 3 or 4 times in an hour doing little bits the first 3 times and then I'll be back in there a fourth time doing what I feel I should have been able to do during one of the first 3 trips. And of course I am using probiotics and digestive enzymes and was using metamucil daily and those things cause the worse of the gas and severe bloating with it. Can't deal with that. My system is still trying to clear all the bloating out. Some times I feel like a inflated balloon. I hope gas symptoms like mine are not a sign of cancer. And I don't like the low backache I wake up with every morning right in the middle. Throbbing ache. I worry constantly about
colon cancer even though only about
a 2 1/2 inch section of my sigmoid colon is even affected. And it under control. But then I worry about
every bad bout of gas I have and every bowel movement I have that to me is not normal. I have no anxiety medicine of any kind left which sucks. It relaxes me and helps with a change of my thoughts.
Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Had a rectal flare with bleeding in 1991.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day.
Was taken off of all meds in 2004 after being symptom free for two years.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Had a flare of proctitis in January 2007. Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007. Had a proctalgia reflux episode in June 2007. Was taking probiotics nightly.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 as a maintenance against colon cancer.
Xanax when needed.
Post Edited (at wit's end) : 1/28/2008 5:50:50 AM (GMT-7)