Well I am posting for the first time but I was diagnosed with UC back in Feb 08. Ironically the day of my colonoscopy I also found out I was going to be a dad. Talk about bittersweet...I'm 25 by the way.
My doctor prescribed Pentasa 1000mg a day right after the colonoscopy and within a week or so the blood stopped and within a month or so the pain went away too,and I went back to work. By the end of the April I felt 100% and not long after made the mistake of stopping to take the Pentasa. I went the rest of the summer with no problems. I should also mention I work as a helicopter pilot and am away from home for 6 weeks at a time in the summer. I made it home in september for extended time off and to be there for the birth of my son.
Almost emediatly after making it home, the pain came back. I get alot of gas with the pain usually and at the first sign of it, I started taking the Pentasa again. Unfortunatly not long after the pain came back, so did the blood. It seemed to get worse and worse very slowely. 8 Days ago my son was born, and since then the bleeding seems to have slown down, but my bowel movements have also slowed quite a bit. I feel like I have to go to the bathroom often, but usually there is just small amounts and sometimes lots of blood, sometimes none. When I eat normal sized meals now, I feel very nausous and even threw up one time. I feel like my bowel is all blocked up or something and I was wondering if its a typical symptom in UC, or if its more likely in the small intestine.
I know you guys will think I'm crazy, but I haven't been to the doctor since this recent flare up has occured. I'm not just being stuborn I do have a reason. I am supposed to go back to work November 3rd and my employer has been very patient with me having time off so far. I'm scared to push it. If I go to the doctors, the resulting tests will not allow me to go back to work november 3rd. This could cost me my dream job I've wanted since i was 2 years old. It is very difficult to get another job in the helicopter industry right now...and with a newborn...talk about stress...