I posted a question last weekend asking if anyone had experienced painful abdominal pressure and got several helpful responses. But it got so bad that I decided a trip to the ER was necessary on Sunday night. It turns out I was suffering from gallstones and mild pancreatitis. My hemoglobin levels dropped while I was in the hospital and I nearly needed a blood transfusion (NO!). Luckily it went back up long enough for me to have a colonoscopy and a laproscopic cholectomy (gallbladder removal) without a transfusion.
My colonoscopy revealed that I have full-blown pancolitis, rather than just proctitis. I'm really bummed about this, but I'm hoping that my new medication (Asacol) will finally help me out of this flare. My hemoglobin has dropped again, so now I'm on iron as well.
I just thought I'd post an update on all of this, since so many of you were offering support and advice when I was having so much pain.
Katie, 30. Chicago 'burbs.
Current Treament: Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 3X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed).
Diet/Exercise: Avoiding trigger foods, eating very healthy. Yoga or walking, when possible.
Previous Treatment: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.