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   Posted 3/29/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi- so recently I was experiencing some of the symptoms of UC, nausea, fever, diarrhea, horrible abdominal pain among others. I'm at college so after 2 days of extreme pain I went to health services. They sent me to the ER. I got diagnosed with UC, but I wasn't prescribed anything I was just told to drink water. I went to my primary care doctor but by then everything was fine, so she told me I didn't need any treatment since I wasn't in pain. However, since then I have been having some of the same symptoms on a much milder basis, but the same abdominal pain, diarrhea but nothing as bad as the first time. It is still painful, and it still interferes with my daily life, but I can still go to class, exercise, etc. Should I go back to my doctor? Is there anything she can do to help with these little symptoms or should I just drink water and wait for them to go away?? If I was at home I would go, but since I'm at school it's a huge pain to go to my doctor since I miss class and I don't have a car on campus. I'm just so unfamiliar with UC and since it's so new to me I don't know what to expect. Is it worth a trip back to the doctor???

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   Posted 3/29/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
How did the ER make a definitive diagnosis? If it really does seem to be UC I am surprised your primary care is not suggesting a consult with a GI and possibly a colonoscopy. I wouldn't let it go too too long and get worse....if you are in an early stage you might be able to be treated and get it under control easier than letting it go too long and get too advanced. Just my opinion. I'd also ask my parents for their advice too. I know it must be an inconvenience with your classes etc. but most times it takes awhile to get appts lined at least set the wheels in motion for when school lets out to be ready to have a regimine set up to get this sorted out for you.

In the meantime read through these different threads - do's and don'ts that have helped others.

Some things as simple as boosting your pro biotic intake, eliminate alcohol, carbonated drinks, get plenty of rest, relaxation from stress, etc. Do some reading also to get better educated about UC -- knowledge is power as you know. Good luck.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran  Zero mg prednisone   12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month

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   Posted 3/29/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
You should contact your primary care provider and tell her you're still having problems. If she doesn't hear from you, she'll assume you're over the illness and it was just a virus. She may want to give you a course of an antibiotic like Cipro to see if that clears it up (try to avoid antibiotics that end in "cillin", "cycline" because they can make UC worse); if that doesn't help, ask for a referral to a GI. Early diagnosis and treatment may save you months of suffering.

And welcome to HealingWell, caelry.
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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   Posted 3/29/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice. The reason they could diagnose me was because this happened awhile ago but it cleared up in 2 days rather than 5 so my doctor just thought it was food poisoning. When i went to the ER this time they did catscans, took stool samples, blood tests, i ended up going to 3 different hospitals over 2 days and I was on the phone with my doctor at the hospital too. I'm going to call and make an appointment with my doctor right now
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