I am 28 years old from Mumbai,India.Currently into business. I was diagnosed for UC in September 2012. First symptom was in March 2012. Till now one colonoscopy is done.
Hobbies:- Playing cricket & football, swimming & listening to music.
No symptoms. Occasional mucus in stool
UC and Early Remission
MY FIRST SYMPTOMS appeared in March 2012. I was making 4-5 trips to the loo and could not control my first bowel movement in the morning which was watery initially followed by normal stool. I couldn’t notice any blood in there. The subsequent trips were to pass the gas with loud sounds. My doctor told me it was a stomach infection & gave me antibiotics which worked & was relieved from symptoms in 4-5 days.
After 6 months, on 24th of September the same infection returned & I went straight away to doctor, who asked me to get some tests done & see a gastroenterologist if possible. My symptoms got worse & I was making 8-10 trips with mild abdomen pain & this time I could notice blood mixed with stools. I couldn’t distinguish if I want to pass the gas or I need to empty my bowel. Sleep was also disturbed.
Stool test & stool culture test did not show any infection.
I took second opinion & went to surgeon to check for piles. He suggested a colonoscopy, and I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis early state. I was infected till mid transverse colon, so it can be called left sided colitis.
I was put on Mesacol for one week. & VSL3 probiotic (10 days course) tablet.
After a week when the biopsy report came I was put on Omnacortil (steroid) along with other medications. I went into remission after taking steroid for few days.
After my research I thought that a doctor specializing in gastroenterology would be the best person to treat me. He increased the dose of mesacol and asked me to take omnacortil for 3 more weeks. After 1 week of taking omnacortil I developed steriod acne, pain in my left knee & was told these are side effects of steriods. After I stopped taking steriods, I started feeling dizzy & told my doctor about it and was told it was happening because of high blood pressure. I went to physician to record my BP for some days & it showed normal levels. I decided to change my doctor & went to other doctor who specializes in IBD diseases.
He reduced the dose of mesacol & gave medicine for dizziness. Well, I don’t feel dizzy now and I’m off the medications for dizziness. I am making one trip every day. Can notice mucus sometimes, doctor said not to worry about it. Only thing which I am concerned about is polyp which is present in my left colon. I don’t know when would be the next colonoscopy done. I want to see the condition of the colon, whether any healing is done or not.
I had to alter my diet after the diagnosis. I am vegetarian & have stopped eating outside food. My intake of spices is zero, even though my doctor said moderate spicy food is ok. I was off milk for around one month but have started taking it recently cause I can tolerate milk. Taking yoghurt everyday.
Both the doctors have told me that one needs to take medicine even when your gut is inflammation free. It can come back anytime . I don’t know for myself if I am going to take medicine for life or try alternative medicines. Still early to take a call on that.
I will update you on my next colonoscopy results.
Take care :)
Taken Omnacortil for 4 weeks- 3 tablets ,tapering of one tablet every week – off steriod as of now
Was taking Mesacol 1.2 g 3 tablets a day, now reduced to 2 tablets a day.
written by Pradeep
submitted in the colitis venting area