I do feel that it is very interesting the start site for flares and irritation. I'm sure it does have something to do with the exposure to the outside world, but I'm not sure how proven that theory is. In my case I am very pleased that it starts there and spreads throughout from that point, as with pancolitis I feel the 'end' and left side is more maintainable (pain-wise) than when my entire colon is upset...I also experience the craziest burning and pain in the middle behind my belly button.
Anyway, you bring up a very good point...why is it that this is where it all begins? It could also be that because UC is an immune disease that we have a little more sensitivity to certain things and once something enters our body we go into a flare.
I don't know. Just thinking about
continued struggle and future flares (like I've ever been out of my initial flare from two years ago) is stressful! I just don't know how you all do it...in and out of flares and continued attempts with different kinds and levels of medication. Goodness.
: ) Robin
Dx-May 2007 Asacol-2400mg bid Prednisone-20mg Remicade-5 Tx
Paxil-40mg Prilosec-bid Multivitamin Moderate/Severe Pancolitis
28 year old Mommy of a 1 year old and a Wife for almost 2 years!
Life has never been so sweet! I appreciate the small things in life...the little joys that occur every second of every day. Though we struggle and have crazy complications, nothing can over ride our love and happiness.
Meeting with a surgeon next week...and hopefully scheduling the surgery by the end of the month!