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   Posted 1/29/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm new here and aren't diagnosed with anything yet, am currently waiting for a referral from my GP . . . I don't know if I have UC . . . For a few weeks now weird stuff has been happening.

In the mornings I have to go to the bathroom a few times (6-15 times or so) and mostly in THE most incredible hurry, a few times I've been too late (both home and office are about 12 running paces from the loo, commute of 10 minutes is not fun at all).

What comes out varies between loads of mush and a couple of small thin bits, always bloody, then a little bit more blood and mucus to color the bowl for good measure. Followed by intense cramps (one time I fainted from this). A few times I fart and blood and pus stuff comes out involuntarily. That's the morning fun, happily in the afternoon I feel I need to go much less and only get blood clots. I'm a uni lecturer and luckily only have classes in the afternoon!

I lost some weight in this (from 154lb to 136lb, I'm 6'1"). I haven't noticed any dietary connection except for soda which I've cut out now (no improvement).

So, questions:

I feel pretty rubbish. Any UK people around who have an idea how long I can expect before seeing someone about it? Is it safe to take immodium or something in the meantime. Any other recommendations for a bit more control. Finally does this ring a bell with UCers? i.e. could it be just a bug or something, I could be worried for nothing!

Sorry to be so long and thanks for reading! Hope things go as well as possible for you all today.

Post Edited (elmstar20) : 1/29/2009 8:56:26 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/29/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, elmstar20. We certainly can't provide a diagnosis, but your symptoms sound as if you do have some form of colitis. UC is only one cause; others include infections and antibiotic use. I'm sorry, but I'm in the US so can't really answer your NHS questions.

Use caution in taking Imodium, but you should be safe taking it occasionally. While you're waiting for the consultant, check with your GP on things. I know a lot of our members have been started on medication by the GP while waiting for their referral appointment.

Good luck to you, and keep us posted.
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   Posted 1/29/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi i am from the uk and it took about 8weeks from first going to the dr to having a colonoscopy to be diagnosed which i think is quite quick for NHS have you seen a dr yet and our they doing tests if you have i had blood tests and stool tests first good luck where in the uk are you im from kent.
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   Posted 1/29/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you should go ahead and get some probiotics, they can't hurt and they help a lot of us. Look for a kind that's bought out of a refrigerator and says it contains billions of lots of bacteria types, that means they have live, good stuff. You can buy them at stores that specialize in organic or health food. There are many threads here about them that are more intelligent than I am being about them. Including ones about making them into enemas! You might wait on that bit of fun...

Good luck, I hope you feel better soon.
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   Posted 1/29/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like the same stuff I am dealing with. I was diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis 2 years ago but I think it has gotten worse since then. I hope you have a bug or something curable, this disease sucks.

Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)

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