So, 7 years ago my gut issues started, urgency, constipation, a little blood etc. I went to doc and he just said possibly IBS and gave me some medication to slow down my gut - Worked and on I went. For 7 years I have had periods where I have been fine and then periods when I have had symptoms - I just told myself it was IBS.
I visited doctors when things were bad but never followed up and because things always improved and returned to normal I always said to myself - Must be IBS.
My sister was diagnosed with UC 4 years ago, she had terrible dhiarrea and lost a lot of weight, this has never happened to me so I, again thought must be IBS.
Now I was in a good period but In December I started having urgency again and then my symptoms appeared again and have been with me for 8 months.
Urgency to go, then all that comes out is gas, mucus and finally a stool - sometimes smallish other times bigger, most of the time with a little blood on it.
When I wipe it's always very wet, think it mucus.
So I am finally going to go to the doctor and get a colonoscopy, I have anxiety over it - I have always had anxiety but with doctors and medicines etc I have loads of anxiety.
Any tips or adivce? Is it usually an outpatient procedure? Can you go home same day? What about sedation, do they put you fully to sleep? This worries me as my axiety makes me think I wont wake up etc?
Finally, how can one tell the difference between IBS and IBD? I usually go around 3 times a day, always with some gas, lots of mucus and formed stool or small balls - Can you have UC and still have formed stool?
Any tips or advice appreciated, be kind - Im struggling...not only with the thought of the colonoscopy but also with the thought of having to accept I might have this embarassing disease. And how it will affect me and my family, and small child.