Saturday, February 05, 2011

no crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis

After telling people of my recent diagnosis of colitis, a few assumed it was Crohn's Disease, a chronic form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or ulcerative colitis. Just to set the record straight: my diagnosis of colitis is believed to be due to a bacterial or viral infection. It is not Crohn's Disease or ulcerative colitis. Once the medication finishes helping my suppressed immune system take care of the infection's cause that should be the end of it.

I feel considerably better than I did earlier this week, but I don't feel as well as I did before the illness just yet. There is still occasional abdominal pain. I did return to work on Tuesday as I had hoped.

Finally, my tapering of Tacrolimus, the immunosuppresive drug, as directed by Dr. C-M continues. Beginning in February, I'm supposed to take it once a day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

3 Comments:

Comment Blogger Amy said...

hi duane - i came across your website and discovered all the great resources for hodgkins and stem cell transplantation. i was diagnosed with hodgkins in june 2007, had an allo transplant in july 2010 and am still seeing my dr 2x per week in clinic with a little bit of gvhd. i look forward to exploring the many links you've provided! thanks for your hard work in compiling this and best wishes to you with these most recent setback.

5:27 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Amy. I'm happy the links are useful.

If you don't mind, I'd love to add your blog to my list of "prizefighters."

8:23 PM  
Comment Blogger Amy said...

Sure thing. :)

10:19 PM  

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