My first symptoms were in early July. By late August I was bleeding, and saw my PCP. She gave me a ten-day course of Cipro and when that didn't help, she referred me to a GI. This would have been late September, I think. He started with all the stool cultures, checking for parasites, etc. I had my first C-scope in early November and was diagnosed then. So about
five months from first symptoms, about
two from first seeing a doctor.
I was absolutely stunned, because I knew this DD as something that started in adolescence. I did some quick reading and found it's statistically more common in those with family members who have IBD (I don't) and Askenaz Jews (I'm not.) I was also way past adolescence or early adulthood.
Lucky me. :-(
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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