I am a mom of a 14 year old girl that was diagnosed with u/c out of the blue last August. Started off with stomach cramps, then diarhea, then blood in stool. A colonoscopy in August confirmed UC. She was put on Asacol with minimal success, did the prednisone and had a short period of relief. She is now on Asacol and 6mp, it took forever to see any results but about a month ago her bowel movements went from 6-8 times a day to 3-4, diarhea still present but blood intermittant.
Here is whats wierd....My daughter has always claimed that it is something about our house that is giving her UC. She states that when she's at a friends for the weekend she feels better. At the time of her symptons we were in the midst of a 95 percent home remodel which included an addition, and the destruction of the majority of our house. Pretty much we were down to just the studs, which then required sheetrock, insulation, painting etc. We lived in a small portion of the house when this was being done.
A week ago my daughter went to Arizona for spring break. When she left she was still having three or four bm's a day. Throughout her visit down there she told me that she was only having 1 bm per day and they were normal. I asked her about her eating habits down there and she said she was eating anything and everything, from b-que to Taco Bell. Happy kid let me tell you! She returned yesterday...Within a 1/2 hour of being home she was in the bathroom. Through out the day she went four or five more times. I asked her if they were normal in appearance and she said yes....but after looking a the condition of the toilet rim that tells me another story :( Im not sure of how long normal lasted (she hates talking about it) yesterday but its obvious that the diarhea is back. So my question is...has anyone heard of something like this relating to UC?
We considered the pets (we have 4 and had them way prior to UC), but so did the people she stayed with in AZ. She is so frustrated, understandably so... We are at a loss..the coindences are many.
Thanks for any input