So for the last 6 months I've been having a lot of weight loss (145 lb to 117 lb, only 5'6"), cramping, urgency, and constipation (more tenesmus than constipation I think). Because I'm a young female, I feel like I haven't been taken seriously - I've seen a few different doctors and my husband acts like I'm making everything up because "if a doctor isn't worried, there's nothing wrong." One doctor told me that when I'm older I'll be feeling silly complaining about
weight loss, even though I'm already thin. I had a lab showing an immune deficiency often associated with UC, I've had some SI joint pain, and my CT scan showed bowel wall thickening, string-like lumen, and was read as probable UC. I've never been happy to get an abnormal test, but I at least feel more justified now. My primary doctor is thinking that it is UC causing problems, even though I don't have the typical bloody diarrhea. It was noted that the changes could be from nondistension of the colon (nothing in there, so it collapses on itself) but it's not like I did a bowel prep or anything before. I have a colonoscopy scheduled in a couple weeks. I've lost a couple more lbs, but the other symptoms have gotten a bit better. I know there can be flares and remission. If things are calming down, is there a chance that the colonoscopy won't show anything? I do NOT want to get this test done unless it's actually going to give me an answer.
Now, I don't want to have UC or anything wrong - if this is all in my head, or "sensitive stomach," or whatever, at least I don't have a chronic illness that can get worse. BUT if there is something wrong, I want to know. And I don't want a colonoscopy that looks fine, just to have things flare up again and not get taken seriously because everything was fine.
Has anyone else run into this? I'm an educated, reasonable person, not a hypochondriac or anything, but everyone else making me feel like I am, even with the abnormalities so far on my testing.
Post Edited (jlrw58) : 6/8/2015 12:23:49 PM (GMT-6)