Hi everyone, I am new here and trying to get some answers, I thought best to give some background info.
I Sept. 2005 I started having very loose and foul smelling stool, a couple of times a day, did some research and figured I may have giardia, then found the lake at our cottage always tests very high for giardia, bingo, went to Dr. did 2 stool samples and neither came back t've (however they were done about 4 - 5 weeks post water consumption) in November was referred to a GI specialist, did 2 more stool samples and both again were clear, he decided to do a sig, he found some inflammation but could not tell if it was UC Crohns or residual inflammation from a parasite.He then put me on flagyl, after taking this, the foul smell went away, and for 1 day I had almost normal stool. In march (2006) he did another sig and a gastroscope both were okay, he still saw some inflammation and decided to call this colitis. My blood work was consistent with UC. I continue to question UC because all I ever experience is loose stool. I carried on this way until March 2007 when I decided to try salofalk, I didn't notice anydifferences so stopped taking in September, I saw a different specialist in January of 2008 who suggested proctitis and ordered a colonoscopy, while waiting try pentasa supps. These as well did nothing.
In March 2008 I had an emergency appendectomy, everyday after this I start feeling much different, I have more energy, and my stools are changing, plus the urgency is calming down. My GP starts thinking that maybe my appendix was to blame, 6 weeks post sx I have my colonoscopy, the Dr. determine that there is inflammation in my entire colon (pan colitis).
Now I ask all of you can I have UC with the only symptom being loose stool? I have never had blood, mucus or cramping. I am a triathlete so I am always working out and have loads of energy for that. All I really want is the loose stools to go away. (I go to the washroom 2 times in the am and sometimes once in the evening and depending if I have wine or salad at dinner maybe once thru the night) Any comments would be much appreciated.