Jury, we're not doctors, so we cannot diagnose you with uc or another disease.
There are a number of diseases (ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease, IBS, and infectious colitis) with very similar symptoms. It is therefore essential that your doctor run a series of tests, and through a process of elimination he/she can determine which disease you have.
A stool test checks for pathogenic causes to your symptoms. It is possible that an infection or pathogen overgrowth (such as cdiff) could cause the symptoms you are experiencing. If that is the case, you are quite lucky. Cdiff, Proctitis, and other infections can often be cleared up with a course of antibiotics or an anti-inflammatory medication, such as Canasa. Take those medications as prescribed, your symptoms should clear, and you will be healed and have no reason to worry about
it in the future.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, lifelong disease that requires medication for life. The cause is your immune system attacking the lining of your large intestine causing your symptoms (uc is limited to the large intestine). There is no cure, medications only treat your symptoms, and if you stop those medications then those symptoms do return. UC is diagnosed by stool tests showing no infection or pathogen cause, visual inspection through a colonoscopy, and a biopsy examined under a microscope. During a colonoscopy, the doctor will see that inflammation starts at the rectum, it is continuous, and may include visible ulcers, bleeding, and mucus. The biopsy will show shallow damage to the tissue, the tissue often appears frail or delicate with an irregular pattern of blood vessels due to repeated cycle of inflammation and healing destroying that pattern.
Crohn's disease is also lifelong, chronic, and requires medications. Crohn's includes patchy inflammation that can be anywhere within your digestive system (from your mouth, stomach, small intestine, or large intestine) and appears quite different during colonoscopy. Crohn's disease appears differently in biopsies, as well, with very deep tissue damage (compared to shallow tissue damage with uc).
Moderator ulcerative colitis
John, 37, uc proctosigmoiditis in remission
Rx: Remicade 5mg/kg/8 weeks and 6MP 50mgs/day
Diet: Diet mods and supplements haven't done a thing for me
Only taxes and prednisone side effects are a certainty in life.
Post Edited (iPoop) : 9/3/2015 1:58:02 PM (GMT-6)