It’s been a funny old week, one with an unexpected diagnosis that I’m still trying to get my head around. Talking about toilet habits and bums is embarrassing but I feel like it’s something I need to write about. For the past few years, I’ve had some digestive issues that have gradually gotten worse. I had been to see the GP a couple of times but my symptoms were always put down to the diabetic medication I take or simple hemorrhoids. My health has gradually gotten worse this year so I decided to go back to the GP who finally referred me to endoscopy for further investigation but she assured me she thought it was nothing serious.
Having to have any sort of procedure that involves a camera up your bum isn’t pleasant but I knew it was necessary. I might at some point in the future talk about my experience just so others know what to expect from the procedure but for now, I want to write about findings that were totally unexpected.
The doctor spotted the problem straight away, I have Ulcerative Colitis, it still feels weird to say that out loud. Ulcerative Colitis is a long term condition where the colon and rectum become inflamed, small ulcers develop on the colon’s lining. It’s one of the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease and unfortunately, there isn’t a cure or a clear answer as to why it develops.
In a way, I’m relieved to finally have an answer and a name to put to what I’ve been experiencing but in another way, it’s actually quite daunting. I will soon see a consultant who will hopefully answer any questions I have and give me some medication to ease the symptoms I’ve been experiencing.
Although the diagnosis was unexpected I’ve known for years that something wasn’t quite right. I’m just glad I finally have an answer and can now get on with learning how to live with the condition. I urge anyone suffering from similar issues to mine to get it checked out, yes it’s scary but living with an undiagnosed illness is scarier.
I’m linking up with Anne from Raisie Bay for Word of the Week.