Hi, I'm 36 and just found out that I have UC. It started about
2.5 months ago when I got the the stomach flu and came down hard with vomiting and diarrhea. My husband got sick as well but got better after 2 days. My vomiting stopped after 3 days but my diarrhea didn't. In fact, it just got worse and worse. I was having such abdominal pain and cramping and terrible aches in my stomach. I felt that this was worse than labour because it never ended and was continuous. And I know about
labour, I've had 2 children without drugs!
I finally had to go to ER after about 10 days because I was dehydrated and so ill. After waiting 6 hours, the doctor told me that it was probably still the virus and to go home and wait it out. I went to see my GP and he took some blood and stool samples, which all came back negative and just put me on antispasm meds and tylenol with codeine. After about 3 weeks of this intense pain and about 15 lbs weight loss I finally got a referral to a gastorenterologist. I was told that it will probably take 3 months to see him. Fortunately, he reviewed my case and got me in within the week.
He told me that my whole colon was inflamed and put me on Salofalk (mesalamine and also enemas). It's been 2 weeks since the meds started and I'm starting to feel better. I have no family history of any inflammatory bowel disease and I've never had any problems before I got sick. I just can't believe that this virus triggered it all. \
Thanks for listening, I'm still trying to absorb the news and learning about this illness. I'm sure that I will have many questions later, in the meantime I'm going to start reading and looking at past posts. This seems like a great forum.