I've never heard of FCP until you posted this. I Googled it, and as you said, apparently it measures the level of inflammation in the colon. This could definitely correspond with UC, but I would think that it would not necessarily be indicative of the disease. Have you had any other symptoms prior to this episode? Do you have any other accompanying symptoms? Because it is very likely that it is an isolated incident. Having bloody diarrhea can just be a result of an inflamed colon, which could be caused by infection or dietary changes or a number of things, really.
I don't think that you should write it off as nothing wrong, but I think you shouldn't try to jump to any conclusions just yet either. With what you've told us, I think it is too soon to tell and that you should continue to follow up with a doctor for more testing. You are not crazy. Just try not to get too upset just yet, because it may be something that can easily be resolved. I think a colonoscopy is probably a good idea.View Thread
There are a lot of conditions that can be cured. Obviously none of the chronic ones that you have listed can, but that's why they are known as chronic diseases and not "sicknesses," as you put it. And tuberculosis is treated, not really cured, by the antibiotic regimen. The purpose of TB treatment is to get the disease to be latent or inactive, because in the latent stage, you don't have symptoms and aren't usually contagious. The flu isn't really curable either. The treatment for the flu usually focuses on treating the symptoms until the illness runs its course. And there are many types of cancer that are curable with chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical intervention. I feel like you are trying to misrepresent a lot of information, and I don't honestly understand your purpose for doing that.View Thread
Part of it has to do with the way your body absorbs it and breaks it down, but that is actually a really good question that I had never considered before. I was on Remicade for about three and a half years, and I had limited results with it. The problem with me is that I have both UC and Crohn's, or had until they removed my colon. One medicine would work for the UC but not the Crohn's, and vice versa. That seemed to be my problem with Remicade- it worked only on the UC and not the Crohn's. I was only on Lialda a short time because I had absolutely no response to it and I couldn't break down the medicine. I had that some problem with Asacol. The tablets would come out basically whole.
Are you having any other symptoms aside from the frequent bowel movements? You may want to talk to your doctor about starting some kind of regimen with anti-diarrhea products. I currently have a little cocktail that I take every six hours or so. I take 2mg of Immodium, 1 tablet of Lomotil, 1 tablet of Colestipol, and two Gas-X pills. When I am having a lot of cramping or spasms, I also take 20mg of Bentyl with the other medicines. It really does help to control my bowel movements when I am out and about and trying to get things done. I don't have a colon though, so things work for me a little differently than most people. I was also having trouble with having to get up to go to the bathroom all night long, so my doctor put me on something called tincture of opium, and it is amazing. I take five drops before I go to bed, and I usually only have to get up once during the night.
I'm not sure if I've answered your question or not. I'm not entirely sure what you were asking, so if I haven't answered it, please explain it a little and post again.View Thread
Miserable, some of us just don't respond as well to probiotics. I've tried a few different brands because my doctor recommended them and I had absolutely no results. I just want you to know that you're not alone on that one!View Thread
I'm sorry, I don't know of any surgeons in NYC. I live in Missouri and had all of my surgeries done in St. Louis. There doesn't appear to be much traffic on this website lately, but hopefully someone who knows your area will have some suggestions. Have you talked to your GI doctor and asked if they could refer you to anyone? Sometimes doctors have heard good or bad things about surgeons and that might be a good place to start. Hope things work out for you.View Thread
The Humira starter kit will probably cost quite a bit more than your normal supply of Humira. Usually, they have to give a loading dose before you start your normal dosage. When I was on Humira, my loading dose consisted of 8 shots in one day. Then my regular dosing was going to be one shot every two weeks. Plus, the starter kit comes with a little fake pen to practice injecting and all of that, so I would think that it will be cheaper after you get your loading dose done.
Remicade is very, very expensive. When I was on it, each vial cost over $2,000, and because I had limited response to it, I had to receive the maximum dose of 4 vials every 6 weeks. They do have programs that can help cover the cost of copays, but I think Humira may, too. Unfortunately, I don't have much information but maybe you could ask the nurses if they know of any programs like that.View Thread
As everyone else has said, you need to try to relax. Nerves and UC are a bad combination. Since I had my abdominal surgeries, I sleep on my side or on my back. When I sleep on my stomach, I have trouble breathing. You may try propping yourself up with an extra pillow because that can give your lungs room to expand and help you breathe more easily. You may also have some sort of sleep apnea, or your shortness of breath could be related to a medication side effect if you are taking something new. One of the possible side effects of Xanax is difficulty breathing, but it is not very common. It could very likely just be nerves, or it could just be gas, since you said you are bloated, pushing on your diaphragm and not allowing it to move freely. It could be a lot of things. You should talk to your doctor and discuss your concerns.View Thread