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Ulcerative colltis


Jen45 - Enfield

Enfield - Fri, 27 Jan 2017

I started having symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis when I was in my mid 30's . I was having diarrhea all the time. I went to some Internal Medicine Doctors and they performed a lower GI and a Sigmoidoscopy. I think they told me I had IBS, which is Irritable Bowel Syndrome and then they told me to eat more fiber. They never performed a colonoscopy on me at the time. So, I was miserable, I gave up on doctors. I saw a Gastroenterologist and I had a colonoscopy and I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis a few years later. I then had a second colonoscopy. It was such a relief to have a diagnosis. I was still having the diarrhea, but at least I knew WHY I was having the diarrhea. I first was on Asacol, but now I am on that expensive Lialda, I also have been taking Cholestyramine Powder. I don't know exactly how the Cholestyramine works, but if I DON'T TAKE IT I have terrible yellow, watery diahrrea and I feel really sick all around. RIGHT NOW I have had CONSTIPATION for three months !
What's up with that ! Really, I had the runs for years and now all of a sudden I am constipated. I see my new Gastroenterologist soon, I have never been prescribed any heavy medications and I have never had any surgeries on my colon. I have had a anal fistulectomy and two rectal abscess surgeries.

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