Just found out I have a Ulcerative Colitis in my sigmoid

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   Posted 4/9/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Been having a lot of reflux and then lot of pain after eating been to the doctor 3 times and today she sent me for a cat scan just got a call they said I have a ulcerative colitis in my sigmoid part of my colon. Not sure why I'm getting so much reflux which all this started as heart burn every morning last 3 weeks after a bad cold. My father had Chrons so its not a total suprise to me and in the last year I have been having strange rashes and bouts of weakness where I shake and feel tired. I have an appointment with the GI doc was planning on a EGD for my reflux but now I'm sure he will want to do the colonoscopy. My PC doc thinks it could be bacterial the colitis so she gave me cipiro but I think in the end it will be Chrons just because of my Father had it. I'm wondering what I'm in for I also got some vicodin helps a lot with the pain. Have to wait till tuesday to see my GI hope it dosen't get worse by then maybe the cipiro will help. No fevor just pain after I eat and a lot of reflux which I'm taking protonix 2 times a day I think its working took a few days.

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   Posted 4/9/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
The sigmoid colon is the lower part of the colon...I have crohn's (crohn's colitis specifically which is when CD is affecting the colon) but my mom has UC so with them both being an IBD the fact that your dad had crohn's doesn't mean that you can't have UC or that you'd only be at risk for getting crohn's and not UC. Of course one can easily be misDX for the other so make sure you find out what the pattern of inflammation is in your sigmoid, if it's patchy (skipped patterns of inflammation with some healthy tissues in between inflammed) then that would be crohn's, if the entire area is inflammed with no skipped patterns of inflammation then that would be UC...also another difference in the appearance between the 2 is with UC the inflammation would be on the surface of the lining only, with CD the inflammation can go through the many layers of the intestinal lining (but doesn't necessarily always).
There are many UCers that also have reflux issues so that doesn't necessarily mean you more likely have CD either.


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   Posted 4/10/2009 4:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the quick response I just woke up with the worse cramping tried to have a BM and it was really hard almost passed out this has happed to me before I woke up on the ground with my head sore. Up till now it has been fine but I took a viconden last night maybe it has locked me up. I'm guessing the GI doc has a way to know if its CD from the biopsy’s I had inflammation once before he took biopsy’s and said it wasn't CD but thought it was some kind of infection. Later I spoke to my uncle who is a doctor and he said my father’s CD never biopsy’s never showed CD either. He had most of his Colon removed my father is deceased not from CD although. I took the first pill of antibiotics and I feel a lot better now reflux and stomach pain is gone. I'm able to drink fluids without sharp pains in my stomach maybe PC doc was correct about infection. My father also had peripheral neuropathy not sure if it was releated to his CD because he had a lot of other problems was taking high doses of predisone could have been from medication but I read that people with CD can also have this as well. I remember that was his biggest complaint the stinging and numbness in his legs. Thanks Kelly

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   Posted 4/10/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Patients can develop peripheral neuropathy from taking metronidazole (Flagyl) over too long a time span. That drug is prescribed more often to treat CD than UC. Good luck with getting a diagnosis ASAP. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; presently recovering from flare in sigmoid colon)
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