I had problems for about
a year before I saw a GI doc. I do not experience daily diarrhea w/ my UC, I actually go the other way and suffer constipation until I flare and then incredible diarrhea. So, it was the summer of '05 and I felt pretty bad - tired, constant stomach ache, blood and mucus. I thought I had a hemmie and made an appointment with my family doctor. What an idiot she was. I went in and explained my symptoms, she said it sounded like hemorrhoids and gave me a suppository. She didn't even talk about
other possibilities, nor did she check me out at all. A year went by while I dealt with all of the symtoms. Finally, I started to experience nausea when I went to the restroom. The amount of blood had increased somewhat and I became pretty nervous about
what could be happening. I made an appointment with another doctor at the general practioner's office. He was very thorough and set me up with a GI doc right away.
I had a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with proctitis that day. The GI didn't diagnose it as ulcerative proctitis right away - I guess if it goes away it is another type of proctitis. He prescribed canasa, which helped initially, but after my prescript
ion was gone and I went w/o it for a few days, the symptoms returned. When I went back 2 months later for the follow-up the symptoms had not eased up and the biopsy showed ulcerative colitis. I was OK on Canasa for about
10-12 months before it stopped working altogether. This year I had another colonoscopy, which showed that the disease has spread throughout my entire colon. Now it is just a game of trying to figure out which meds will help get it in check.
I believe I have had UC for about
5-8 years, but was undiagnosed and ignorant of what was happening to me until 2006.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis in September of 2006
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in April 2008
My current meds are Rowasa and Lialda
Current state - Flaring