Posted 6/19/2020 5:47 PM (GMT -6)
Full body itching.
I know this sounds weird, but my trajectory was weird. For a few years beforehand, every now and again I would have a week or two where I had tenesmus (did not know what that was then) and was constipated and would just poop a little bit of blood, or little bits of poop covered in blood/mucus. I now know that was probably very very mild UC, but it would stop and then come back a few months later, so I figured constipation + hemmies, right? I also had a crap diet at that time bc I was working 70 hours a week. This went on for a few years until one day, my entire body, head to toe started itching. There was not a part of my body that did not itch. There was no visible manifestation of this itch either. Turns out my liver numbers were up up up, which can cause the itching, but scans did not show any gallbladder issues or liver duct blockages. My antibody markers were all funky, though, and my inflammation levels were also high. The liver biopsy came back normal! A month and a half later, the full-body itching stopped, but got replaced with hives! Constant hives -- including large swollen areas. No allergies! Then suddenly, four months AFTER the onset of the itching, bloody diarrhea and uncontrollable urgency. The gastro symptoms had arrived. The end.
I still have chronic idiopathic uticaria aka chronic hives that are autoimmune. Not fun.