Hi everyone, this looks to be an active forum so I wanted to join in and say hello.
I am a 36 yo male, who about
5 months ago went about
a full month of what I guess was my first long term flare up (greasy stools, very gassy, frequent, coming on suddenly, and nothing solid for a month). For 10 years or so I have had diarrhea more often than the average person, but it has never been much of an issue (only occasionally, never long term). I get canker sores inside my mouth on a regular basis - especially the past 4 years or so. I had a colonoscopy / endoscopy and the MD saw irritation, took some samples, blood tests etc. I was prescribed an enema that seemed to work quickly and in about
4 days everything stopped.
He said it looked like Ulcerative Colitis, but that we couldn't be fully certain (i believe one of the tests that usually confirms it came back inconclusive) but based on the symptoms, colon irritation he saw it probably was. He prescribed me asacol (2 tablets 3x per day) which i have been taking generally according to schedule (the mid day ones sometimes get skipped).
Anyway, i wanted to ask if the whole "we're not totally sure but you probably have it" diagnosis makes sense / is common in regards to UC. With other conditions it seems like the diagnosis is more concrete. I have not had (luckily) and more long flare ups since the last, and hope I don't. I have been back for follow ups twice, both times with the MD saying "no new flareups? good, don't stop taking your medicine" (which i have read here is very inadvisable).
Any insights / thoughts would be appreciated.
Post Edited (GB2000) : 11/5/2009 11:21:50 PM (GMT-7)