I have just been diagnosed with UC after a considerably long period of regular stomach pain, a gradual increase in tiredness, dizzy spells followed by the shock of seeing blood pouring from my back passage 4 weeks ago.
My trouble first started about 8 years ago around the same time as I gave up smoking, I picked up a stomach bug which made me very ill and put me out of action for about 2 weeks. That’s when the stomach pains started, along with sometimes constipation, sometimes the opposite.
I saw my Doctor who sent me for an Endoscopy, the outcome was they said I had developed IBS and advised a visit to a dietitian. The dietitian said I should stick to a gluten free diet and drink more water. This I did my best to adhere to within the limitations of my budget as I sometime found it difficult to afford gluten free products. I was already taking medication, a low dosage of Amitriptyline for a back problem and later when my stomach pain started to become more severe, the Doctor upped the dosage.
After the blood started my Doctor got me into see a consultant within a few days (thank God for the NHS) who examined my stomach, said did you realise you have a small hernia here (I didn’t know), pointing to an area just below my sternum and and after shoving something up my backside said I needed to come in for an Endoscopy and Colonoscopy.
I do not remember a thing about the Endoscopy but the Colonoscopy was horrendous. The pain was excruciating and was not smothered by the drugs they had given me, fortunately it was soon over, or seemed to be and I felt fine when taken to my room to recover. Later I was told I had UC, given a prescription for Mezavant XL (Mesalazine) 2.4g per day for 28 days when I would see the consultant again for the result of biopsy’s taken. I left the hospital but on the way home started to feel really ill, the pain in my stomach was more severe than at any time since the problem had started and seemed to be centred on the area shown in the diagram the hospital had given me, the upper part of my colon. It has taken 6 days to settle down and fortunately the blood has reduced considerably by not completely.
I’m really pleased to have come across this website as I know I’m not out the water yet and won’t be until I know the result of the biopsy. I hope I can learn from others experience and they mine, its nice to know I’m not alone.
Tony – United Kingdom