Posted 6/21/2015 2:50 PM (GMT -6)
So, I went to see my GI on Thursday, and he wants to do both an endoscopy and a colonoscopy in three weeks time. He thinks I may have Gastritis, however won't know for sure without taking a closer look, and whilst the colonoscopy is the last thing I want, I figured I probably should get it done whilst I'm in there, as I have not been tested since initially being diagnosed, and whilst I appear to be symptom free, I have had some pain under my ribs all the way down. I'm told it's possible that there could still be some inflammation there, so whilst having two procedures at once isn't exactly the most thrilling of prospects, on balance I think I need them to rule out anything major.
He also looked at my blood work for diabetes and he said I am pre-diabetic. Apparently there is potentially an increased risk factor for some people with UC getting Diabetes, however, I am sure that my lack of exercise has not helped, as I am not really into a lot of exercise, and would rather be doing other things! I suppose because I am slim, I was lulled into a false sense of security, and I could not really be bothered, however I now need to change this, and do more exercise.
I have also asked him when he carries out the endoscopy, to take a villi biopsy, because as many of you will already know, the small intestine is lined with tiny, finger-shaped tissues called villi, and the villi create a large surface that absorbs vitamins, sugars, and other nutrients as food passes through the small intestine, and when a person who has celiac disease eats gluten, the villi flatten out, and the intestinal lining becomes damaged, and so I think its important to know if I have a problem relating to this, although I have been Gluten free now for quite some time, and so I would hope that any damage would be healed.
I am seeing a Nutritionist on Monday, as it has become too difficult trying to figure out what I can and cannot eat, what works and what doesn't work, what makes my stomach bloat, and what makes my heart race, it's a constant battle that never ends! At the moment I can't even have a cup of tea (and as I'm English, this is obviously life threatening!) as I have had the worse reactions you can think of to tea! Basically, it appears I have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) and apparently, there is a strong connection between MCS and the food I can and cannot eat.....just another potential fun condition, I constantly need to be aware of from now on!
I am also booked in to have a pelvic X-Ray next week at the hospital, due to pain in my coxis (tail bone) which is hopefully just some joint pain, and nothing more serious, such as some kind of swelling of the bone (arthritis) which is a fairly common by-product of UC.