Hey guys, I have a few questions that I hope those of you with Ulcerative Colitis might be able to answer regarding it's symptoms. This is kind of a long read, I apologize.
I first had pain in the lower left abdomen that started in Dec 2010, near the pelvic area and up to just under the belly button line. The pain felt like a dull ache that lasted all day, at times would get worse, and then would lessen. The pain also appeared to sometimes leave the left side and go to the right side pain only lasted for maybe and hour, and then would move back to the left. The thing that bothered me is that the pain was always there, even though it was not to severe, it was definitely noticeable. I finally saw a GI about
8 months after the pain started(June 2011), he did a colonoscopy, upper and lower endoscopy. Everything came back normal, but the ache still was there. For some reason after that, I had c-diff which was a pain to get rid of, but it went away. I also took bacteria overgrowth and lactose intolerance test a few months later, all normal. I saw the GI again just 2 weeks ago, I'm still having the same exact pain in the same
location, lower left abdomen area. It seems to be there all day, and the pain still fluctuates from noticable to maybe a 6 or 7 at it's worst(Which is not to often). There is never any blood in the stool, just from Hemmorhoids. Sometimes I have an urgent restroom urges, but mostly if I didn't take the acid reflux pill and ate a big meal. Other symptoms I have are gas and bloating and just the constant abdomen pain. I can't say I have suffered any severe pain in the area except for one time when I ate some really nasty and greasy chinese food(Never again lol). Does this sound like Ulcerative Colitis to any of you? The GI said it's IBS, but I just want to make sure. Some of the questions I have are:
Would the Doctor be able to easily see if somebody has UC by using a Colonoscopy?
Can you tell a difference between actual inflammation instead of a dull ache and what's the difference, or does inflammation feel like a dull ache?
Does there have to be ulcers in the colon to have UC and would they be visible even if you werent having a flare up?
Did any of you have rectum pain before you got diagnosed with UC? The reason I ask is because about
3 years ago I had a really bad ache/pain in that area. Went to a GI, he wanted me to get colonoscopy but I did not have insurance at the time, he said it thought it was an anal fissure and gave me specific medicine to take. The pain went away about
a month later. This type of ache is very similar to ache in the lower abdomen, so I was just wondering if any of you had experienced that. The Doctor did say after the colonoscopy that he saw the anal fissure I used to have. Thank you guys and any advice about
the questions would be greatly appreciated.
Post Edited (rawkstar2k) : 3/27/2012 5:00:51 AM (GMT-6)