My name is Jo, I am about to turn twenty three and have just been diagnosed. I finished studying Neuropsychology at university last summer and I am very lucky to be in a job I love already. Still live with my parents in England, I try to eat healthy and exercise regularly. I love going to gigs, painting, reading and walking.
Frequently visiting the toilet, never feeling like I have finished, blood, bloating, wind (smelly), discomfort, mucus
Coming to Terms with Colitis:
In April last year I passed a significant amount of blood on the toilet and made an emergency appointment with my doctor. He made a hospital appointment for me, when I attended. I was suprised that they examined me there and then. Prior to my appoinment the frequency of going to the toilet increased as did my discomfort. The doctor said she could see I was inflamed and so perscribed me with a mesalazine foam enema and made an appointment for me to have a sigmoidoscopy. I found the enema helped while I was using it but the symptoms soon returned.
Stupidly so I was able to drive home I decided to have the sigmoidoscopy on gas and air and not under anaesthetic, the gas and air not helping at all and just making me feel dizzy and sick (how on earth this helps in child birth is beyond me). They saw that my bowel was inflamed and took a biopsy.
When I went to meet with the consultant she said it looks like colitis but the biopsy was clear so she was confused, I explained that I was still having trouble and still had blood when going to the toilet. She referred me to someone else and perscribed me the enema again. I did not use the enema. A year or two prior to this I was having trouble with acid reflux during a very stressful time in my life, refluxing nearly all day everyday at it’s worst. This had took some sorting, trying different medications, having blood tests and an endoscopy, so I was sick of trying treatment that did not work. (could the acid reflux be related to colitis because it does return from time to time?)
Whilst waiting to see the second consultant I had my worst experience of colitis to date. It was the first day of my current job and after driving over an hour to where I would have my induction I was desperate to go to the toilet. I could not move from my car and had no choice but to go, thank god I at least had some tissues in my hand bag. I was in a rush not to be late so found some public toilets to wash my hands and bought a body spray from a shop. I felt disgusting for the whole day and still had to dispose of a car mat when I got home.
After 3 months on February 2nd 2012 I eventually saw the second consultant who confirmed I had colitis, it would seem the biopsies taken were actually poor so probably weren’t representative of my bowel.
I am glad to be able to put a name
to what is causing my problems.
I have now started using a mesalazine enema again as well as taking it in tablet form to try and maintain the results. Fingers crossed this will work, after reading some of your stories already I know that I am lucky my colitis is milder than it is for some. I am also waiting for the results of food alergy/intolorence tests.
The diagnosis has scared me because my wonderful grandad died quite suddenly from bowel cancer around 3 years ago due to it being diagnosed too late. I understand that colitis can increase the risk of bowel cancer but I am aware I will be monitored.
Also I was wondering if eczema has a link with colitis? Last christmas I developed eczema for the first time on my face which took some getting under control with creams and antibiotics. I now drink goats milk instead of cows which seems to help keep it under control.