The reason I am not on ant meds, is because for the last 2 years I have been traveling the glob a lot (mainly due to work) and had doctors that um and ah about my case. for first year I was told it was IBS, I believe that the doctor who told me was very bad, as he didn't carry out a single test, and only spoke to me for 5 minutes.
so for first year, was also throwing up regularly for first 6 months and lost 25lbs in weight! (I normally weigh 180ish and was extremely fit and healthy) I spent 6 months of this time living in whistler, canada, and the healthy relaxed lifestyle helped a lot, so I felt was getting better, so I just figured that i was on a road to recovery.
I left Canada, and went home, and work was stressful and life was tough, and I suffered from depression etc etc... and it flasred up again. I saw another few docs and specialists did another bunch of tests including colonoscopy and endoscopy... lovely! they took biopsies and found inflamation cells, but for whatever reason they didn't seem certain of what my condition was. they gave me asacol which I took 6 a day for a month, and they made me flare up really badly, so I stopped taking them.
about 6 months ago I felt I was getting a bit better again slowly, gut wasn't as sore, I wasn't running to toilet as frequently and my energy wasn't quite as low, so I thought I would just stay med free and hope I got better on my own. (if you hadn't guessed, i really don't like the idea of pumping myself full of drugs, I don't even like taking asprin).
It got bad about 4 months ago when I had to go to taiwan for a month with work. there were a number of factors that caused this I think.
firstly the food was all very greasy and slimey. I was working 12 hours a day 6 days a week under stressful conditions. It was on average about 38C with 98% humidity, and I wasn't exactly enjoying the whole experience.
I have been suffering since then, and it got really bad. One doc prescribes me a steroid enema, which maybe helped a little, but certainly didn't solve anything. I was home for about 2 months, but I couldn't get an appointment with any specialists, and the GP's didn't want to prescribe me with anything incase the diagnosis was wrong. and I have now been in Canada for 4 weeks and struggling. back to going to toilet roughly 10 times a day, and 3-4 times a night, with lots of blood. I am meant to be riding bikes every day (I am a mountain bike designer btw). but my energy is very low, and its hard, because everyone wants to ride with me all day every day, and I just can't do it.
thats the basis of my story. I am really fed up, mainly fed up of having such low energy. I LOVE being active and doing my 'extreme sports', so this illness has really been a massive bow to my life. I just want to learn how to control it better so I can do what I love doing again.
thanks for your help everyone, it means a lot to me!