I would like to ask you folks who have dealt with this stuff for some time for some input. Here's a little about me:
I'm a 31 year old male that exercises 5-6 days per week and has a pretty decent diet compared to most. I do not have any other medical conditions that I'm aware of. I would consider myself a pretty healthy individual (so I thought).
about 3 1/2" weeks ago I started noticing that I had blood in my stool. At this time I still had a "solid" stool. I thought that I would just let time pass to see if the blood would go away on it's own. Well, not a good idea!
So I waited aprox. 3 weeks before I went to see my doc. To make a long story short, he checked me out and decided to send me in for a colonoscopy.
I had the scope done this past Tuesday (today is Thursday). The dr. diagnosed me with UC. He said it was the left side that had the sores on it.
From the time I started noticing the blood until now, it went from solid to almost pure liquid. Unfortunatly (2 days later) I'm still going to the rr frequently with hardly anything (other than blood) coming out.
He put me on Sulfasalazine 2 pills twice daily for the ulcers. He said that it could take 7-10 days for this to even make a difference.
So I guess what I'd like opinions on is this:
1) should I still be seeing a good amount of blood in each of my stools 2 days after the scope and being on the medication?
2) is there anything else (naturally) I can add to help with the urgency / liquid stools? I've been reading about Probiotics and Aloe Vera Gel.........
3) Did it take 7-10 days for anyone else that had the same conditions I have to notice a difference?
I'm really freaked out about this whole deal and really don't know what to expect. Obviously surgery is the last thing I want, but I'm not feeling or seeing any improvments yet. Any comments or insight would be appreciated!