My symptoms began with bleeding, I would have hard stools with blood and lots of gas. When I went to my doctor he said I had a hemorrhoid which was the cause of my symptoms. After abdominal pain, excessive gas and bloating, I knew something else was going on.
Jackie’s Ulcerative Colitis Story:
Hi all, it all started when I started experiencing symptoms such as bleeding and constipation when trying to use the restroom.
I made an appointment with my doctor, he performed an exam of just basically checking my colon and said I had a hemorrhoid. All he said was to change my diet and eat more fiber. My symptoms did not get any better, I began to have abdominal pain and excessive gas along with bleeding when trying to use the restroom.
I immediately requested a colonoscopy, I knew something else was wrong with me.
Sure enough right after my colonoscopy, the doctor walked into the recovery room and told me I had Ulcerative Colitis, prescribed me mesalamine and steroid suppositories. I asked how long I was to stay on the medication and he said “forever” I didn’t know what to think or feel. I was glad it wasn’t colon cancer but then after reading up on UC I became terrified. I began taking the medication and for some reason I started feeling worse. After more investigating and reading, I think I got uc from all the antibiotics I took from my ongoing UTI’s. For my last uti my doctor prescribed me a much stronger dosage, 3 months later I have uc. I don’t know what to think or do, I think I’m going to stop my medication and try to take probiotics, a type of juice plus supplement, glutamine and astaxanthin. Right now my symptoms are excessive gas, bloating, abdominal pain and exhaustion. I believe I’m constipated due to my hemorrhoid, the colonoscopy also showed small internal hemorrhoids along with a larger one externally along with UC.
I’m terrified of what the future holds, I cry most nights since my diagnosis and just hope that this disease doesn’t take over my life since my daughter relies on me 100 percent.
Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Wish you all the best
Mesalamine 3 a day
written by Jackie R
submitted in the colitis venting area