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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.
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.