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Having severe intestinal pain/pressure


Tue, December 05, 2017 1:12 PM

I have been diagnosed with UC for nearly 4 years now, and symptoms have been managed quite well.

Recently due to change of employer and other life events I have not been able to see a UC specialist and have been unable to obtain my maintenance medication, Lialda. I have been trying to mitigate symptoms naturally with DHA and Probiotics as well as an adjustment in diet. But it has still been over a year since I have taken anything perscribed.

Over the last few days I have had an increased number of bowel movements. And today woke up with incredibly pain and pressure that is only relieved by laying down. It feels as though I constantly have to make aa bowel movement, and when I do it only makes the pain and pressure worse, as does any sort of movement or even sitting.

I don't know what is wrong and am wondering if I ought to make a visit to the emergency room. Has anyone else out there experienced symptoms/pain such as this before?

For a bit more context, nearly two years ago I had a perianal abscess drained which probably has turned into a fistula, albeit not officially diagnosed as my last GI visit was while I had an extremely high deductible plan sponsored by a previous employer. I have better medical coverage now, but it will not kick in until Jan 1, 2018.

FPO badurham18
Joined Dec 5, 2017

Tue, December 05, 2017 6:52 PM

Reply posted for badurham18.

What kind of changes have you made to your diet? That could be part of the problem. You eating dairy, more fiber, high fodmap foods...?

i had a similar issue and it ended up that some of the main culprits were onions, garlic, and mushrooms. WTF!? UC just drives you crazy.

Best of luck. Make an appt with a doc asap.

FPO Jmr
Joined Jun 26, 2017

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