Posted 6/8/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -6)
Hi all! I almost forgot I had an account here, it's been a while since I've visited.
I just have a few questions that I would like to ask you, the ones who go through this as well, before my follow up appointments on this Friday with my PCP, and my GI in July.
I have, for the last few years been experiencing several new symptoms that my PCP & GI say are a direct result of living with UC. The symptoms include (and not always, mostly intermittent, and sometimes only with flares) severe lower back pain, eye irritation to the point where I have to use medicated eye drops to keep my eyes lubricated, sores on various parts of my body that don't seem to heal (example...I have sores on both of my upper arms and across my back that continuously scab over and then become inflammed, go to a "raw" sore and then scab over again, repeat.....this can last for MONTHS!)
Anyway, I'm currently in another flare for the first time since February, 2007 (WOOHOO) but this one is really bad. I'm back on 12 Asacol per day, Canasa 2x per day, and a new med Hyoscyamine 2x per day. My flare started 2 weeks ago, and the "D" has finally begun to subside, but unfortunately the lower back pain has become more severe as the days go by. The GI told me that the new med mentioned above should aleviate the back pain by a "trickle down affect", the med is used to dry up the fluid and acid that the body produces, which in turn should reduce the colon spasms, which he thinks is causing the low back pain and it should have been better by now. But it's not, I actually think it's a little bit worse. :-(
Anyway, I see my PCP first this time, and I was just wondering if any of you long time sufferers experience this type of back pain, and wether I should have him investigate furter than my UC for a possible cause? I don't do strenuous work, I've not injured my back, and I just honestly began experiencing this severe pain with the onset of this latest flare.
Thanks in advance for any and all information, feedback, good vibes, anything you may have to offer.