36 year old female from New Zealand.
Love sports although not as active as i should be – Not due to health just lazy :)
My Colitis Experience So Far:
Firstly, what a great website. Thank you for setting this up and keeping it running!! I live in a very small town in New Zealand and don’t yet have a GI or a regular Doctor that can give me much advise so I was excited to find all this information in one place.
Right onto my brief story.
I recently started being treated for Colitis (2x 500mg Pentasa 4x per day) after I went to the Doctor with blood and mucus in diarrhea and had been living on the toilet for about a month – on occasions up to 15 times a day. They completed some tests, bloods and stool samples which cleared me of any virus but apparently indicated that I may have a IBD, probably Colitis. I’m not sure what the stool sample indicated but they said something about a count of 95 – at the time I was a little overwhelmed so didn’t ask what that meant, if anyone has an idea id be interested to here.
I am now waiting for a colonoscopy which may take a few weeks (hospital waiting list).
I’ve done a great deal of research over the past week and have today started taking probiotics and have been trying to modify my diet. There has been some improved which is probably due to the meds.
My Query’s Are:
Will the colonoscopy still show an accurate reflection of what is going on inside if I have to wait too long and the inflammation subsides??
I’m also trying to suss out what sets me off but as I’m “Flaring” its hard to tell. Should I wait until I’m not so symptomatic or will the foods not effect me as much then??
submitted in the Colitis Venting Area