I am going through a similar thing - at least mentally. I have yet to be diagnosed (I am on a waiting list for colonoscopy to determine if my symptoms are due to proctitis, ulcerative colitis, crones disease or something else). I also suffer from anxiety and the last three months have been very difficult. I first got symptoms (bloody and explosive diarrhea) in April - the symptoms have varied in severity, but I generally go to the bathroom at least 3 times a day, with urgency (not much warning!) and most of the time blood. My doc gave me some asacol suppositories after doing a physical exam and seeing an ulceration), there was no improvement, oral asacol - no improvement, pentasa suppositories - and some improvement!!!! yeah! Regardless my mind went straight to cancer! and when I am tired or stressed it goes back there - time and time again. Even though my doc said it wasn't on his 'radar' either
my poor doc has had me in his office crying so much over the last three months!!!
I am telling you this for two reasons.
1. you are not alone, anxiety over health is very very common. The best thing you can do is take a deep breath and make an appointment to see your doctor. For me, one part of dealing with my anxiety is having a plan of action. (For instance I found out on Friday that I may have to wait another 8 weeks for a colonoscopy - that will make a total of 5 months without a diagnosis! - but to get me through the anxiety I have made a 'plan' to call my GP on Monday and see if I can afford to have the scope done privately at my own cost).
2. To be honest (and I am not an expert here!) your symptoms don't really sound like classic UC. It could be a repeat of the infectious colitis and some more antibiotics might clear it up - OR it could be some common gastro bug. Working with kids you must get exposed to stuff all the time (kids are little viral reactors). Chances are it is nothing serious. But even if it is UC there are some good treatments. No one knows what triggers UC, but stress seems to be common. Although I don't have an official diagnosis I have been receiving treatment as if I do have UC (based on the ulceration my doctor saw), and I am seeing some improvement of my symptoms by having nightly enemas - which really aren't so bad, and my understanding is that for most people their UC responds to medication letting them lead normal lives.
Sorry for the long post, but I really wanted to try and let you know that you are not alone. I hope everything works out for you - keep us posted
Post Edited (MadScientist) : 7/16/2011 5:20:06 AM (GMT-6)