I hear you, a new UC diagnosis is one major head-trip. We all go through different stages from denial, to anger, and finally to acceptance. We are all scared that the absolute worst-case scenario we read about
will be what we, ourselves are about
to experience (and there are outlier nightmare stories to feed those fears online). For the majority of us all of those fears are 100% unfounded and just pointless worrying/anxiety all for nothing/naught. I know as I was there thinking the sky was falling and was doomed from that point forward (a common misconception for the newly diagnosed). You will be fine, survive and thrive despite your UC.
I wish I could tell you that UC was all sunshine, wagging puppy-dog-tails, and smiles. However, there's no sugar-coating all of this UC crap.
UC prognosis is wildly different person-to-person (especially in the first 5-years after diagnosis which is when it will spread in extent or severity if it is going to), some of us have an easy go of UC, others have a moderately difficult time, and for about
20-25% of us surgery quickly finds us.
Generally speaking, proctitis patients have an easier time of it (there's always outliers though). If ulcerative colitis is initially limited to the rectum (a proctitis) at the time of diagnosis, fewer than 30% of individuals will go on to develop more extensive disease (Rowe). Approximately 10% of patients presenting with proctitis will develop a pancolitis (Rowe). The disease remains confined to the rectum in approximately 25% of cases (Rowe).
Post Edited (iPoop) : 7/11/2018 1:08:49 PM (GMT-6)