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   Posted 3/7/2008 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello  Im a 21 year old female.  Had my colonoscopy today, possible I have UC    I still need to go to my follow up to find out more.  Im curious,  I have so many questions but I dont know where to start.  I hear alot about having to be hospitalized, does that happen to alot diagnosed with this?  I think I may have a very mild form, cause I have normal formed bowel movements, i has energy, i feel fine but every now and then Ill pass nothing but blood and mucus. I have had many episodes of diarrhea  actually I dont think ive had any. Can it get worse throughout time even with antibiotics???  I still have a lot to learn. Please reply back, Id really appreciate it. Thanks

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   Posted 3/7/2008 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Cosmochick, welcome to HealingWell. One good place to start learning about UC is by using the ulcerative colitis resources at the top of this board. These will give you basic information about UC so you know what it's all about. The folks on this board have a lot of varied experiences and are very helpful and supportive with answering your specific questions.

Briefly, while most people with UC may have diarrhea, others don't and some even have constipation. Antibiotics may be used to treat colon infections such as C. diff., but not to treat UC. In fact, we avoid them like the plague because they tend to make us worse. The usual first drugs are Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Colazal or Pentasa (occasionally.) You may be given oral or rectal (enemas or suppositories) medications. And yes, it can get worse even with treatment in some cases, but this is not a foregone conclusion.

There's a lot more information available in the references; they'll give you a crash course in UC.

But then, perhaps you'll be lucky and it isn't UC.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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