Posted 5/14/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -6)
I have had arthritis pain in several joints, elevated blood pressure, elevated resting pulse rate, dizziness, and fatigue for over a year. The only digestive symptoms I had were occasional reflux and heartburn. The Dr.s kept getting elevated SED but nothing else came back abnormal. They decided it was inflammatory arthritis, and a possible autoimmune disease, but could not pin point a specific one. PCP sent me to a Rheumatologist who without doing new labs (the ones he has were 6 months old) or even a physical examination told me I was fine, lose weight and exercise and I would feel great. I had already lot 40 pounds at that point, from the 80 I gained while pregnant with my twins, and felt worse despite the weight loss.
In March of this year, I began having loose (not watery) stools and excessive gas, I tried changing diet, that did not help, neither did taking anti gas medication. Eating very small amounts of food made me nauseated and bloated feeling. I had a feeling of fullness like I ate too much even though I had only a few bites of food. In April these symptoms continued, and I began having very small ribbon like stools, which were very difficult to pass, almost as if I felt constipated, but the stools were still very soft. This progressed to severe abdominal cramps, gas, and urgency (go now or have an accident). These stools were mixed with bloody looking mucous. Sometimes I feel like I have to go and there is nothing buy blood and mucous, and tons of gas all the time.
I went to my PCP because of these new symptoms and the first time in a year my SED rate was not elevated despite the digestive symptoms. My PCP thinks this is UC and has been all along even though I did not have the digestive symptoms for over a year. She is sending me to a gastroenterologist and I see him in 2 weeks.
Based on your experience, is this a normal way for UC to manifest itself? Or could there be multiple things going on? I am tired of feeling sick and fatigued all of the time. The PCP put me on a Pred pack for a couple of months and I felt the best i have ever felt in months, but won't put me on more until after the visit to the specialist.