I must warn you, this post may be a little graphic . . . . I was diagnosed with UC in Jan 2007. Since then, I've had 3 scopes and all the biopsies showed that I did indeed have UC. My only concern is that I don't the traditional UC symptoms. I was hoping to share the symptoms that I do have and get feedback to see if others with UC have the same. When I'm flaring (which has been a constant since this past Dec), I don't really have diarrhea (well, not watery bowel movements), my stools formed, but soft. I have severe cramping that makes me run to the bathroom. I'll go for a few minutes. Sometimes that crampy while going is to bad that I'll have to hold on to the sink. There is usually always blood. I'll leave the bathroom, but then have to run back a few minutes later. After a trip or two, I'll still feel like I have to go, but nothing will come out. The best way for me to describe it is like when you feel like you have to vomit, but all you do is "dry-heave." It's like that, but in my rear. Then, I usually have to sit on the couch for an hour because the pressure in my rectum is so severe. I can't sit directly on my butt . . . I have to kind of lean to the side. I get constipated a lot too. I'll feel full, like I should have to go, but then I won't have a BM for almost 2 days.
Anyway, this is usually how my days go . . . almost everyday. It makes working and taking care of my family very difficult. I'm constantly doing the enemas, but I don't know if they work. :(
Diagnosed w/ UC in Jan 2007
Always had bowel issues for years
Sulfasalazine- 3 pills 2x a day
Hospitalized - IV steroids for 9 days
Prednisone - 40mg . . . will start to taper in 7 days
Omega 3 fish oils