I'm going to have to agree with everyone else here. The only way to differentiate the two disorders is by colonoscopy and biopsy (to determine the extent of inflammation). Though, if it's confined to your rectum, it's probably UC. A lot of UC'ers get joint pain and mouth ulcers.
Actually....if it's limited to the rectum and severe....could be more CD related than UC....that also includes joint pain and mouth ulcers.
The treatment is pretty much the same, however.....and immunosuppressants/biologics might have to be considered.
Stress of the day-to-day survival with family can certain exacerbate one's symptoms.....I know I wouldn't be able to deal as effectively as many can....that's why I have no kids, to be honest on that matter.
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!