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Lee B
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   Posted 12/21/2007 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
symptoms and UC symptoms?  I've got an appointment scheduled in a few weeks with a GI doctor.  I have a high degree of anxiety of what I will find out.  I'm a 47 year old male .  I have frequent D with blood (very soft to watery), flu like symptoms at times (fever and some joint pain in different spots), fatigue, dull to moderate ache in my lower ab region, burning sensation when I go, constant gas and feeling that I have to go.  This has been going on for about a week now.  I know I can't be sure of anything until I see the doctor, but I'm just trying to get some idea ahead of time of what I might be dealing with. 

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   Posted 12/21/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds lke UC to me. Try not to worry too much right now.

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   Posted 12/21/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi..the only way you'll know for sure is through biopsies. It does sound like the same symptoms I have when flaring.

I went through the same anxiety before diagnosis. It's something we can't avoid...but it won't change the outcome. Many of us have an extreme sense of relief once the testing process starts.

Before you were referred to your GI...what tests did YOUR GP do?

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   Posted 12/21/2007 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Colon cancer rarely causes diarrhea, more often constipation. But only a biopsy will rule it out. My mother had colon cancer. I have UC. Your symptoms are very much like mine and very little like hers.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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   Posted 12/21/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree that this sounds more like an IBD to me but the biopsies should tell the tale. Try not to worry (easier said then done - I know).
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