Posted 2/22/2008 4:02 AM (GMT -6)
hey all. 4:30am and am wide awake for some reason. Thought I'd do some UC research since my GI recently told me he thinks I may have left-sided UC, not pancolitis. I was looking at the difference between the two, and stumbled upon thie statement from the Mayo Clinic.
"The course of ulcerative colitis varies, with periods of acute illness often alternating with periods of remission. But over time, the severity of the disease usually remains the same."
Do you agree that the course of the disease usually remains the same over time? I heard the head of the GI clinic at UNC-Chapel Hill say the same thing last year. specifically, he said that the first year after diagnosis can be tricky, getting the meds sorted out, but that, after that, whatever course the disease takes for the next 3 years is usually representative of the experience with the disease that you are likely to have forever. In other words, if, during those first 3 years, your disease is stable and you're in remission, you can likely expect long periods of remission and not too much UC activity. But, if you're often flaring during those first few years, you probably will continue to flare frequently, forever. does your experience with UC support these claims?