My name is Paul,I’m 33. A few days ago on Oct, 5th, 2011 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I’ve been Hospitalized multiple times in the past for abdominal pain/bloody stools, and seem to have suffered from on and off spells of diarrhea probably since my teens.
I have been a heavy smoker for the past 15 years,and have stopped cold turkey almost 2 years ago, I started exercising and taking control of joint problems. Feeling better than ever, except for 1 year into stopping smoking I developed canker sores in my mouth, 4 to 6 at a time and always constant. Which seem to increase with stress or eating hard foods that scratch the inside of the mouth. A mouth rinse called Mycostatin seemed to help the best alongside eating softer foods. However, For the past month I have been going through this flare up, going to the bathroom a dozen times a day ,once or twice at night. I just feel drained and raw. My question to anyone would be about my prescription for Sulfasazine. Is sulfasalazine very successful & if so how long does it take before sulfasalazine starts helping?
Also, one more question: Can a Doctor identify or diagnose UC during a colonoscopy while the patient is in remission ?
Submitted by Paul aka “Realivemovement” in the Colitis Venting Area