Were You Ever Misdiagnosed Before Learning You Had Ulcerative Colitis?
Why People With Ulcerative Colitis Can Be Misdiagnosed
The symptoms of ulcerative colitis can overlap with those of other gastrointestinal disorders, like Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. This was certainly the case for Laura Steiner, a My Take Ulcerative Colitis contributor.
When Steiner had her first colonoscopy, her doctor told her that she had inflammation that was probably caused by IBS. (Like ulcerative colitis, IBS can cause bloating and cramping.) A year later, however, a new doctor performed another colonoscopy and diagnosed her with ulcerative colitis. “Sure enough, that’s what the biopsies came back as,” says Steiner.
Bacterial infections can cause similar symptoms, too. “I was diagnosed with something that they calledH. pylori,” says Jillian Leslie, a My Take Ulcerative Colitis contributor.H. pyloriis a type of bacteria that causes stomach infections, and researchers think that it’s spread through unclean food or water. It took another three months for her doctors to realize that Leslie had inflammatory bowel disease.
Doctors often use a series of tests to make an ulcerative colitis diagnosis, including a sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy. In both cases, a doctor will insert an endoscope into the rectum and colon to get a better idea of how much inflammation you may be experiencing.
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