I’m a 35 year old educator from the southeast region of the United States. I am single, and the younger of two boys. I enjoy life.
Some more about me:
I love music of all types and genres. I’m in a not for profit book club, so I guess it goes with out saying that I enjoy books. I’m also a former comic book geek, so I enjoy sci-fi flicks. I’m also a news and political junkie. I enjoy listening to opposing view points on a variety of topics. Self proclaimed history buff as well. My favorite sports teams are the San Francisco 49er’s and the Boston Celtics.
I have bloody stools, abdominal pains, diarrhea, nausea, and general malaise.
New To This
I’m a 35 year old male who was recently diagnosed with UC. At about the age of 21 I suffered my first flare up. The attending ER doc, informed me that it was colitis and sent me on my way with some meds. Little did I know that I had a condition that would never go away entirely.
For the past decade or so I have been experiencing symptoms of UC, but I had no idea what the causes were. They were so infrequent that I just figured it was my diet and my Lactose intolerance. So I basically brushed it off. I had really just adapted to eating certain foods at certain times.
Fast forward 14years and I’m awakened in the night with intense abdominal pains, diarrhea, and vomiting. I was literally confined to my bathroom floor for over 8 hours. Once I was able to drive myself to the ER, I was admitted for 4 days. The Doc’s said that My entire colon was inflamed, and my Potassium levels were low due to the diarrhea ( 20 or more times that day).
I got home from the hospital last Saturday night (1 week and a day ago), not scheduled to go back to work till this ( its Sunday night here now) Wednesday. I’m still having some discomfort. Mostly dull to sharp pains in my abdominal area. My appetite has returned within the last two or three days now. I started off with just chicken soup for the most part, as I’ve read that this is tolerable for those suffering a recent flare up with Ulcerative Colitis.
I have an appointment with the Gastro in the morning. I will be having my first colonoscopy. Should I be worried? Or is this normal for someone with UC? I’m new to this, any insights are welcome.
Medications I’m Using:
I’m currently on prednisone (20mg), Metronidazole (500mg), Asacol hd (800mg), and Ciprofloxacin (500mg).
written by Willard B
submitted in the colitis venting area