My name is Roberto Lopez, I’m 23 years old. My hobbies are computer games, fixing computers, and paintball. I currently live in San Diego to work and my family is in Mexicali.
Some little blood and mucus once in a while.
Sorry for making it a bit long.
I was living in Mexico when the really bad symptoms happened. I went to the cheap doctors since going to good doctors was out of the question at my economic level. I described my symptoms and was given cheap medicine for infection and it seemed like he ignored the bloody diarrhea. After a week of still having the same really bad symptoms with very bad pain I went again to the same doctor, this time I was sent to get some blood tests and came back with anemia. Again seeing as he ignored the bloody diarrhea I came to San Diego, worked for 2 weeks and with what I earned returned home to see a better doctor. This other doctor sent me for more blood tests and came back with even worse anemia than before and was told I would need blood transfusion and needed to be taken to the hospital.
By now my mother was terrified and to make things worse the doctor says, “It’s incredible he has the strength to be up, with the levels(hemoglobin) that low he could get a heart attack. So we leave the doctor and plan to go to the hospital, but in Mexico to get a blood transfusion they require that you look for the blood yourself and to replace that blood by taking a donor. So after some discussion we decide it’s best to make the 3 hour drive to San Diego, where I would be better taken care of, and worry about how to pay later.
When we finally arrived at the hospital they immediately have me the blood transfusion, and when I described my symptoms they scheduled a colonoscopy.
And that’s how I found out that I have UC.
What worries me most and my biggest question is:
How likely is it that my Colitis will lead to surgery?
I’ve been on Sulfasalazine since I was diagnosed in March, 2012. 500 MG tablets, 3 tablets twice a day. I have been feeling fine and only occasionally see a little blood and/or mucus. I poop once every other day which I wasn’t sure if it was good or bad, but after reading about people going 4-10 times a day I guess it’s good thing.
Thank you those of you that took the time to read my story. Any tips are greatly appreciated as I am new to this and still have a lot to learn and research.
written by Roberto
submitted in the colitis venting area