Diagnosed 1 year and 3 months with Ulcerative Colitis but also battling C-Diff along with it. Never had any GI issues until I had a colonoscopy in July of 2011 so they are still unsure if I got it due to the colonoscopy or the C diff or how it all came about. I have battled C diff Kidney Stones and UC and finally started Remicade.
Some pain on the left side but my medications helps with that. Down from 10-12 bowel movements a day and that has been for a solid year to 1-2 times a day which is a n amazing relief. Still urgency which I think is getting worse instead of better.
I was diagnosed 1 year and 3 months ago with UC but also battling C-Diff along with it. It all started in July of 2011 when I went in for a colonoscopy to check a few things out and everything went wrong from there. I had NEVER had any GI issues or stomach problems and I was there due to a small pain in my rectal area. I wanted to run a full marathon for my 40th birthday so training needed to start and I was on top of it. They said colonoscopy so I was on it. Little did I know it would change my life FOREVER.
Long story short, I was having issues after the procedure and after months and months of being deathly ill and getting the run around from the doctors I had multiple conoloscpoies, hospital visits, kidney stones removed, and a few different doctors telling me I had UC and to just take prednisone for a year so I finally hit my breaking point.
I got fed up and went to the Mayo Clinic where they discovered I had C diff. I started treatment and as of today I for sure have UC but the C diff keeps coming back as well never giving me a complete break. I am on my 2nd round of it now and I often wonder did I get the C diff from the original procedure which caused the UC?? I am sure a question that will never to be answered…
As of now I am on Remicade after trying Humira which it did not even touch my UC. Remicade didn’t really start working until the 4th infusion and now I am down from 10-12 bowel movements a day to 1-3x a day. I am also on 25mg of prednisone trying to taper off. It is an amazing relief but I am still not at 100%.
I wonder will I ever reach that goal?
I have tried diets and nothing seems to matter with the exception of how much I eat at one time. I feel better the less I eat and I do have about an hour out of my day that it takes me to “clear out my bowels”. My biggest issue to date it the urgency. I have about 30 seconds to make it to the bathroom and I can’t figure out why that is still such an issue. I have 3 kids with car pools and no indication that I may have to go. I have had more accidents in the last 6 days then all the year battling this.
Why is it getting worse?
I do anucort suppositories at night hoping to keep down the inflammation but it doesn’t seem to help. Are there any suggestions and will maybe the 5th infusion help with this? Is there so much damage from the last year that my rectum is broken? Any advice will help….I am so thankful for Remicade and I do hope with each infusion I can get a little bit better.
Where I’d like to be in 1 year:
100% remission finally running that marathon…
Prednisone 25 mg tapering
Balsalazide 750 mg 3x a day
written by Heather