The UC Saga
I am 43 year old woman from Douglasville, Ga. I have four grown children and 2 grandchildren and two more on the way! And been happily married for 22 years.
Passing mucus or blood, arthritis, I even get ulcers in my mouth.
My Colitis Story:
I had smoked for about 15 years and at 30 decided to quit. I think smoking kept my symptoms at bay because I had none till I quit. It started off as very bad diarrhea and cramps. I would pass so much blood it scared me so I showed it to my husband and he thought it was hemorrhoids. I went to a doctor and told her the problems I was having she said it was hemorrhoids and was more worried about me not eating a diet more high in fish ( ewww ). So on and off I passed blood for 5 years. Until I went to a doctor who listened to me I told him what was wrong he listened to my stomach and said he was going to send me to a gi doctor.
She put her what seemed like
a very large finger in my rectum…
…and when it came out it had green mucus on it and she told me then what I had and put me on lialda 500 mg 4 times a day and it helped ! I started getting arthritis so I ask my doctor to switch me to sulfasalazine the side effects aren’t fun it caused my hands and feet to swell and burn but after a few weeks it was better and this drug is the one I like! It helps some with the arthritis. My daughters have already had some signs of UC but hasn’t went to get checked for it yet. My son has had no symptoms. Oh I have only had to take one round of steroids and I have been to the ER for passing alot of blood that really doesn’t do any good they did nothing, ohh they did hit me with a very large bill!
Where I’d Like to be in 1 year:
sulfasalizne helps with arthritis
written by Karen
submitted in the Colitis Venting Area