Old Hat -
Thanks for that info. I saw my doctor today. My girlfriend has spondyloaropathy and her symptoms sound exactly like mine. Her Rummy keeps testing her for an IBD since they go together. Fortunately for her, she doesn't have any. I also developed this "lump" where the Adams' Apple would be if I were a man and it is super tender to the touch - and painful if accidently hit.
So the first thing he said is it sounds like my Thyroid or the Thyroid Cartalidge is inflammed. He couldn't believe how tender it was when he touched it. Thankfully not cancerous!
Then he ran some blood work on me and is doing a Rheum. panel, ANA, CRP and some Thyroid panels to see what is going on. My last CRP was 19, but my UC was flaring that time. I'm very intersted to see what the results come back as this time.
For now, he told me to take Tylenol for the pain since as you know, we can't take much for join pain, etc.
dx Pancolitis, mild, w/more activity on left side & IBS
12 Asacol a day; 1 Rowasa at night during flare/1 a week during remission; Nexium; Probiotic; Multi-Vitamin; Flax Seed Oil
UC manifesting to other organs: joints, eyes (Iritis) & skin (Erythema Nodusom)
Controlling w/MEDS & DIET (eliminating animal protein, white flour, sugar, dairy, eggs, & nightshade veggies)
Current Status: 11/2/07 Ending 5 month remission w/mini-flare :-(