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Just diagnosed

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  • Posted By: powerlineman
  • March 6, 2011
  • 02:36 PM

I'm a 36 year old male just diagnosed with Ulcertive Colitis after a colonoscopy on Feb 14. My symptoms started around Feb 3rd or so. I went from diarrhea to bloody diarrhea. I can't help but wonder if I really have UC or something else due to an incident that occured on Jan 14. I am a firefighter. On the evening of Jan 14 I responded to a house fire. During the incident I fell into the property owners septic tank while walking around the house to do a 360 degree survey of the house. I spent the next 3 hours with water from the septic tank in my boot. My doctor didn't seem too concerned about it. However, I was sick and missed work on Jan 17 with a fever. I did take Motrin. The GI doc thinks the Motrin triggered the UC. Maybe so. I'm not trying to be in denial of UC... I just want to be sure we aren't throwing the wrong meds at it. I have changed my diet completely and am seeing some relief. No dairy, bread, ect.. I still have blood in my stool. I don't go back to the GI for 6 more weeks. Should I seek a second opinioin?

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  • I'm a 36 year old male just diagnosed with Ulcertive Colitis after a colonoscopy on Feb 14. My symptoms started around Feb 3rd or so. I went from diarrhea to bloody diarrhea. I can't help but wonder if I really have UC or something else due to an incident that occured on Jan 14. I am a firefighter. On the evening of Jan 14 I responded to a house fire. During the incident I fell into the property owners septic tank while walking around the house to do a 360 degree survey of the house. I spent the next 3 hours with water from the septic tank in my boot. My doctor didn't seem too concerned about it. However, I was sick and missed work on Jan 17 with a fever. I did take Motrin. The GI doc thinks the Motrin triggered the UC. Maybe so. I'm not trying to be in denial of UC... I just want to be sure we aren't throwing the wrong meds at it. I have changed my diet completely and am seeing some relief. No dairy, bread, ect.. I still have blood in my stool. I don't go back to the GI for 6 more weeks. Should I seek a second opinioin?Yes, a second opinion sounds like a good idea, particularly as 6 weeks seems far too long to leave someone bleeding for! On first consideration it seems as though there wouldn't be a connection between the septic tank incident and UC developing approximately 3 weeks later. Motrin, a.k.a Ibuprofen, can indeed cause gastrointestinal ulceration/bleeding as you can see at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibuprofen#Adverse_effects. However, there could possibly be a bacrterial or other cause as suggested by the Jan.17 fever. Some conditions take 2 or 3 weeks to produce noticeable symptoms so it may not be UC. Or it may be.I'd definitely see a Gatroenterology Specialist & request tests if it were me. My bloody stools are caused by an antibiotic and are greatly reduced by eating starchy foods such as banana, white bread (not high-fibre) , applesauce, white rice "soup" made with chicken stock and other clear soups. Also Psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, helps if the stools are loose or watery as they absorb the excess moisture and etc. Good luck.
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