Words of Strength

Hello I’m new to this site and I am so glad that I have stumbled upon this site! I am going to start by saying that I am not yet sure if I have Ulcerative Colitis but I have been having symptoms for about a month that indicate I might. I started to have diarrhea once a week then it became twice to three times a week. I thought I had IBS and began to eat only bland foods and water. This was really hard on me as I was feeling weak and tired. Two weeks later I got stomach cramps so severe I went to the emergency room- I became absolutely terrified. I began to look up my symptoms and noticed that I have had blood in my stool as well as tenesmus. I attributed this to IBS but I cannot stop thinking about it. I suffer from really bad chest pains as well as a reproductive anomaly and horrible back pain. I am just so weak and tired at this point and I don’t know if I can handle what is about to come my way. My family has been extremely supportive as well as my boyfriend although I can already see that all of this is truly beginning to test the strength of our relationship. I went to the mall and felt like I was going to have a panic attack because I became overwhelmed by all of this. I am going to the the GI specialist tomorrow that my father sees. I am really scared because of the blood in my stool. I have not had bloody diarrhea but have just about every other symptom. I know I shouldn’t diagnose myself online but I feel this has truly helped me because of all of the information I am receiving. I am 23 yrs old and I have 1 more year to finish school, I am a volunteer and I love to go out. I want to continue living my life and I am determined to do so despite whatever it is I have. I am just looking for some strength because I feel completely alone and isolated at this point. Thank you!

My medications: currently on hyoscamine .125


Submitted by: “DD”

3 thoughts on “Words of Strength”

  1. I wish you well with your visit to the doctor. I know how scary this is. I was diagnosed in September myself and found this website a couple of days ago. It has been a blessing to find it.

  2. Hi DD,
    I just wanted you to know there are a lot of us in your shoes! Dont isolate yourself as people only understand what you tell them. open up and much stress will be lifted. I am 25 and was diagnosed when I was 18 after a year of not knowing or understand and even hiding what was going on with me. I am only now starting to let those around me know exactly whats going on and it has helped more then I ever thought possible. Having support is what you need right now! Dont loose faith and keep fighting to stay healthy! good luck with the GI you will be in my prayers! let us know how it goes!

  3. Hi DD,
    It may well be that you indeed do have colitis (a lot of people do!). Try to remember that its not the end of the world if you do. There are ways to address this and with a bit of time and understanding (and maybe a few lifestyle changes) you will be able to carry on like normal (or what anyone thinks passes for normal).
    Good luck to you,

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