Today is Day 5 for me in SparkPeople... just found this team and am overjoyed!! I want to share my MC story with you... after thanking you and Spark with all my heart for being here and praising God I've found you!!
I am going to go into great detail here so maybe this will help someone who reads this!! I was diagnosed with microscopic colitis this past February 2012. It IS different than other types of colitis in that it can only be diagnosed if a biopsy is taken during a colonscopy and seen in a microscope (hence its name). I was truly blessed to have a doctor when I was hospitalized (more on that below) that insisted I have a colonscopy and that he went the extra mile to look especially for this condition, as I understand most people are misdiagnosed for years and years! The REASON he did this he tells me is because during the colonscopy he saw "a lot" of fecal matter still in my colon... even tho... I'd had been having "watery" diarrhea for over 3 weeks (more on that too below)... BINGO that's exactly what microscopic colitis does... interferes with the water absorption in your colon to breakdown solids for elimination. He also could see that the entire lining of my digestive system was inflamed... another tip-off that made him look for MC.
This has been a horrible, traumatizing experience, but on hindsight I praise God for it all... because I DID get a doctor who is helping me... but.. how did i land in the hospital to begin with?? I'd had watery diarrhea for 3 weeks as well as nausea... and had gone to my family doctor and was taking what she'd prescribed. I mean, I had to start wearing Depends day/nite because the diarrhea wasn't controllable... even with 4-5 imodiums/day!!! And, the last 4 days before my followup with my family doctor, I'd begun falling... into walls.. not being able to walk straight... trouble seeing... over-sensitivity to light!!! When my neighbor took me to my family doctor that day, it took my doctor 5 minutes to order me to get straight to the hospital!! I immediately was surrounded with doctors & nurses... and forced to stay in bed or an alarm would go off... at 3am with 6 people in my room looking at me and talking about me... i was finally told I had stage 3 renal failure... that my blood pressure was down to 40.. ,yes... 40... but I could hear everyone talking about me saying why is she even alive and stuff like that!!! OMG... it was terrifying... I myself still had my wits about me and could hear and see everything... I was truly blessed!!!
Ok... so that's when my wonderful colon doctor did his thing and with iv's and medication, etc. after one week, the renal failure was reversed completely and I was allowed to go home... 20 lbs lighter in only 2 weeks!!! So, since then, my colon doc put me on asacol tablets (2x3times per day) and its working to keep the diarrhea, nausea and bloating in check... This kinda brings me to now... this medication has caused my blood sugar levels to spike and attributed to gaining 41 pounds since January 31... I've tried 2 times to cut back but so far I cannot as all symptoms return quickly after I try...
Well, I've had diabetes for almost 10 years... have been on insulin day & nite kind for about 3 years now... was doing good/ok with controlling my bs until this episode in my life... ADMITTEDLY, I was binging constantly eating and all the wrong foods until last week when my family doctor put me on Cymbalta (for a variety of reasons)... when my BS went out the window the moment i started cymbalta (which I was pre-warned about.. so I started monitoring my bs 6-8 times per day and omg... my bs was consistently 240+-400 even!!
This is how I've found SparkPeople!!! AND... already on only day 5 my blood sugars are running between 120-170 only!!! I have had to increase my insulin which is making me continue to gain weight for now, but the changes in my nutrition, tracking, being informed on how to get back on track because of Spark... I believe, will help me be able to reduce the insulin soon... and I'm so so excited to be here... to be learning so much and being so supported thru Spark teams... all the negativity that has plagued me since I "almost died" in January is disappating day by day as I live SPARKED now instead of SPOOKED!!! I will be sure to post at least weekly to let you know how I am doing... would love to hear from you all.. please visit myspark page anytime and add me as a friend, if you'd like... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=lynetal7 Still so new at this and a little overwhelmed bout how to do everything.. but i'm learning.. lol
Sorry this is so long... but... I hope hope hope hope it will help even one other person somewhere along the way.... all my best to each and everyone of you out there... take good care of yourself today and always!!!
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