So saw my GI doctor today. Good, informative meeting, but I wouldn't have guessed in a million years that he would say, "Your biopsies show that you have Crohn's Disease, not UC."
Surprise, surprise, surprise. (That may be funnier if you're old enough to remember Gomer Pyle.)
So here's the weird part. He asked how the Pentasa was working, because I guess Pentasa's only so-so with Crohn's. The Pentasa's been working great. No more blood (not that there was much to begin with), no diarrhea, and BMs back to normal in quantity and quality. He said, "Cool, we'll keep you on that for the rest of your life, and maybe throw some Imuran in if your blood tests still show inflammation." Apparently my gut inflammation was indeed moderate to severe, with a lot of skip lesions. No strictures or anything, though. Whether or not I can afford Pentasa for the rest of my life is another story, but we'll see on that. Just sort of weird that the Pentasa seems to be working, and that I can have mild symptoms with moderate to severe inflammation, though the doc said that's not that unusual.
So...I guess I don't have UC. It kind of makes sense, as it explains the weird fevers I was getting last year and the nausea I've been dealing with off and on (though that seems to be triggered by stress--felt like I was going to puke until he said those wonderful words "You don't need that CT scan"). I've already started posting on the Crohn's board, so I wanted to thank everyone here for your kind words and support over the past month or so. I wish I could do more than just pray for everyone here and send out some good vibes. But it looks like I won't be posting much, if at all on this board.
Unless the doctor changes his diagnosis again, anyway...