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   Posted 6/8/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. This is my first time posting here, and I have a question for anyone who has time. My GI doc thinks I may have UC. I have a long history of symptoms that resemble RA, UC, maybe Crohns, or another auto-immune disease. I see a Rhuematologist, GI doc and ofcoarse my regular primary care doc. Does anyone feel like listing their UC symptoms?
 
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   Posted 6/8/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, welcome to Healingwell :) The main symptoms of Uc - these symptoms vary from person to person - bloody diarhea, abdominal pain, rectal pain, fatigue, joint pain and urgency (meaning that when you have to go, you have to go right now!). Are you or have you had a colonoscopy to confirm your docs suspicions?
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   Posted 6/8/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell. My symptoms in flare are pretty much as described by Sherry, with the addition of severe lower back pain and utter exhaustion. And yes, if your GI thinks you might have UC, you need to have a colonoscopy with biopsies. Thats' the only reliable way to diagnose UC and to differentiate it from Crohn's.
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   Posted 6/8/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I had a colonoscopy 2 years ago. It showed only microscopic inflammation. Without medication I have diarrhea every day, all throughout the day. There was never any blood though. I have other symptoms as well. Joint & muscle pain is a biggy. They thought I had lupus for 2 years but at present I'm un-diagnosed. Possible Rheumatoid athritis, but UC is being thought of more & more. I see a rheumatologist along with a GI doc. GI doc wants me to have another colonoscopy now. I've been taking entocort EC and it immediately took the diarrhea away. What a life changer that was!!

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   Posted 6/8/2008 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, Entocort is not recommended for long-term use because of potential side effects. While it is less absorbed systemically than Prednisone, some is still absorbed and can cause bad things to happen. If your diagnosis of UC is confirmed, they'll probably start you on Asacol or another 5-ASA drug to maintain remission.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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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