I haven't been diagnosed with UC or Crohn's, but I am starting to wonder.
I've had bowel issues most of my life....urgency, diarrhea, gas, pain, lactose intolerance, etc. The gastro diagnosed me with IBS years ago and I was comfortable with that diagnoses based on my symptoms.
about three months ago though, the diarrhea was really out of hand. It lasted for about 2 months straight and it was all liquid the entire time. That is not normal for me. I went and saw my family doc and they did a stool sample and the only thing showing was some white blood cells.
My diarrhea went away for the most part for the last month (was taking Amitriptylene), but I have had a couple of diarrhea episodes in between days of feeling uncomfortable/constipated. about a week ago my stools were a different color on one side tan the other. It looked like a dark maroon color. I thought it might be blood that had sat there for a whiule during my constipation. Who knows what it really was. It may have been something I ate.
Than this morning, I had one solid(ish) bowel movement before I left...then on my way in...I got hit with major urgency. I managed to make it just about to the toilet before it started to let go. I managed to contain in in my underpants (which I keep a spare pair).
I also noticed some "fresh" blood on it this time.
I am pretty embarrased, even though no one else knew. It just feels wrong to be cleaning myself up like that in the gas station bathroom.
I see my gastro doc on 11/25. Hopefully he will do a scope and check for UC this time.