Main Article on Colitis Question: Please describe your experience with Colitis. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Lastep21, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 13 I was just diagnosed with active chronic colitis secondary to ulcerative colitis. The doctor says I should take Apriso. I haven’t had any issues for over two weeks now, so I wonder if I should wait, and take any pills when the next issue occurs. Because the doctor says they don’t think it’ll happen again. Comment from: Adelaide, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 11 I'm 47, and have been diagnosed by gastroenterologists to have ulcerative colitis in the lower bowel (about 50 cm of inflammation). I took a long time to work it out to get to the right doctor. I was going to the toilet 20-25 times a day with bloody stools, stomach pain, cramps, fatigue, nausea, headaches, joint pain and back ache. A year on after getting diagnosed I am now in a clinical study on 'SHP647.' I get injected once a month in the thigh and I am now down to 1-2 times a day without blood and feeling so much better. Comment from: Living Life, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31 I want to give hope to some of you. Having colitis does not mean a limited lifestyle. I started with bloody stool, uncontrolled diarrhea, and have inflammation in my colon, found from a colonoscopy. I have taken no chemical drugs. I am using diet, natural supplements, acupuncture, and Metamucil. I follow a lifestyle change of no dairy, no sugar, no breads, no processed foods, only natural things. Find someone in Eastern medicine to cure it. Make changes! You are at war to mend. Comment from: Lindsey, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 24 I was just recently diagnosed with lymphocytic colitis. My gastroenterologist called to give me the results and didn’t give me any information on this condition or anything, and I'm at a loss. I try to research and still no answers. I don’t know why this is happening to me. Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04 I am experiencing colitis symptoms almost always in the morning when 1st waking up. Sometimes so much it makes me vomit. Stomach will be empty. Wonder how others are managing colitis in the morning. Comment from: JOSHUA J, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 26 I have inflammation of the bowels and I was doing good until my doctor told me to go down on my prednisone to 15 mg. After a week of being having loose stools and blood in my stools from colitis, I lost 3 pounds in a week. But I am not dehydrated. Wonder if I should still call my doctor. Comment from: Worried719, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 18 I was just diagnosed with colitis. I went to the hospital emergency room after I had an episode of diarrhea and the whole toilet was full of blood, plus the tissue also, and this was not my period either. I have not had a repeat episode of the blood. I am experiencing extreme fatigue, sore all over my body, dizziness and weakness. This had been going on for three days now. The more I rest the better I do start to feel, but still experiencing these symptoms even on day three. I am wondering if this is normal. Comment from: Albury-patient, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 18 I have very bad abdominal pains from colitis. I have had no bowel movement for 6 days, very orange urine, and throwing up blood. Short fuse. I take constant hot showers. Unsure why I believe this helps but it may swell the colon and relieve some pain. Comment from: Caligirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 07 I had severe lower back ache and abdominal pain like contractions, and severe diarrhea with colitis. On the 3rd day I have bad rectal bleeding and dehydration. I am exhausted. Comment from: Nofunatall, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 21 It began with several days in a row of having eggplant. For weeks afterwards, my gut didn’t feel right. I tried many remedies, like probiotics and miso soup. Last night, I had excruciating pain on the left side. CT scan and blood work confirmed colitis. No pain killer the hospital was willing to give me helped. Not fentanyl, not Dilaudid. Drug store made me wait 48 hours before dispensing hydrocodone. Desperate, I used oxycodone leftovers. That worked for the pain. I am afraid to eat. Worst pain ever. Comment from: asdfsadiots, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 11 I was diagnosed with pancolitis 4 months ago after frequent calls to the doctor. I was misdiagnosed for a while and had to repeatedly demand a CT scan before I finally got one, they realized I was badly inflamed, and got a colonoscopy confirming the colitis. Prednisone was nice in fixing the inflammation but I did not like side effects. After tapering off, the symptoms came back and the doctor said I have active colitis. I tried Apriso, didn't work, immunosuppressants next. I don't wish this upon anyone. SLIDESHOW Digestive Disorders: Common Misconceptions See Slideshow Comment from: JCKC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29 I had been on an antibiotic for dental work shortly before I began experiencing severe cramping and bloody diarrhea. Tests for C. difficile came back negative and after losing 10 lb. in two weeks and given several IVs in the doctor's office, I was referred to a gastroenterologist. After a colonoscopy, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I am on two medications (one permanently). My cramping and diarrhea have cleared up and I am starting to taper off the steroid I was prescribed. I had been in excellent health prior to this and because I don't know what caused the initial flare up, am always scared that it will happen again. Good luck to all that are struggling with colitis. Comment from: BMWPGA, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 29 By the time I was 17, I'd been diagnosed as having ulcerative colitis. I've had those awful barium enemas, sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies, had hemorrhoids removed and polyps cut out, and felt as though I'd spent half my life in the bathroom. I've been free of all that, and doing very well for the past 12 years. I'm in my mid-60s. My situation began to improve about 20 years ago, when I took control of my diet and really started to pay attention to my body. I learned I could not eat a lot of sweets, especially not ice cream, but any sugary sweets caused constipation. Dairy and red meat, fatty meats, processed meats, all caused constipation, and produced mucus in my stool. Certain types of vegetables and fruits were off limits. White bread was the enemy. As I became aware of their effects, and began to read about them, I realized these were things I needed to eliminate from my diet. Today, I eat only chicken and fish, and rarely, lean pork loin roasted in the oven. Lentils and pinto beans are my friends! I avoid gluten. I can eat yogurt and cottage cheese and no more than 1/2 cup of 2 percent milk. I just avoid anything with nitrates or nitrites. Oh, and no distilled alcohol. Just a little wine once in a great while. My regimen is hot water and lemon juice every morning, Metamucil, and probiotics daily, ideally at the same time every day. No white bread, or white rice. Only brown rice and sprouted whole grain wheat bread. I try to limit bread to one slice, three or four times a week. But even after changing my diet, I had a lot of room to improve. Vitamins, exercise, and drinking enough water are all part of my program. I can't stress enough how important daily exercise is. So water, fiber, probiotics, exercise, diet, and the last thing, vitamins. Comment from: Annie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 28 I have had collagenous colitis for 5 months. I am now suffering every day and taking at least 8 Imodium per day and breaking right through them. I was prescribed and was taking 3 Entocort tablets at one time, along with 2 Lomotil every 6 hours and still breaking through. I have absolutely no life because there is absolutely no warning. My doctor tells me it has nothing to do with what you eat. I now am being sent to a specialist and can't get in until November. I can't continue to live like this. I eat normally as my doctor says that this has nothing to do with what you eat. I am at my wits end. Comment from: dtb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 27 I am a 57 year old female diagnosed with microscopic colitis. I was formally diagnosed with collageneous colitis 3 years ago, but have had symptoms for more than 15 years. I am currently under control and the only thing that really works for me when I have a relapse is Entocort and a wheat free/gluten diet. I have not been diagnosed with Celiac’s disease, but believe I am intolerant to wheat and gluten. To keep myself stable I stay totally away from wheat and gluten. I make my own yogurt and eat that daily. I have learned that there are many things that have hidden gluten and it is important to educate yourself concerning this. The diet has you eliminate all carbohydrates initially but once stable, you can add back rice and non-wheat/gluten foods into your diet. The stricter you are the better you will feel and recover. Good luck! Comment from: Lobsang, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 20 After having several digestive issues I went for a colonoscopy and endoscopy. I was diagnosed with pangastritis and mild active colitis. Life is awful. Comment from: CP, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 04 I recently took a high powered antibiotic for cat bite. I began having abdominal pains, loose bowels and diarrhea, with fever and chills. The symptoms are improving but I am having abdominal cramping constantly. I think it is colitis. Comment from: Anon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 15 I have been in excellent health until 2 months ago. I started having diarrhea numerous times a day. It would wake me up in the night. I also experienced abdominal cramps. I saw my primary doctor. They did a CBC and chemistry panel which was all normal. I went back after two weeks with no improvement. Stool cultures were negative for E. coli, white cells, but positive for occult blood. Saw the physician’s assistant at the gastroenterologist office. Blood work was negative for celiac, sedimentation rate. I have a high C-reactive protein. Now I am waiting for results of stool culture for parasites, C. difficile from gastroenterologist. I had a similar bout of colitis symptoms last year, but it resolved after about 3 weeks. I had a colonoscopy in January and everything was normal. I exercise regularly and eat a diet that has lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, hardly any dairy or grain. I am seeing the gastroenterologist in a few weeks and I just hope to have a diagnosis that will show a resolution. I have lost a good bit of weight and don't like to be too far from a bathroom. QUESTION Ulcerative colitis affects the colon. The colon is also referred to as the... See Answer Comment from: what a chance, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 12 I am 32 years old. I went to the hospital after feeling sick in my stomach. My doctor asked me to do endoscopy and confirmed I have infections in my stomach due to Helicobacter pylori. I took 2 antibiotics for ten days but was not cured and later I took another test. The result is positive for H. pylori. Now I am taking another antibiotic and hope to have good result. But my doctor also advised me to have colonoscopy and biopsy and I was told another bad news of colitis but I do not know what type of colitis. I am on the way to go to another doctor. Comment from: betty boo, Female Published: May 20 I’ve just been to the doctors with excruciating abdominal pain, the only way I could describe the pain was when I had an ectopic pregnancy. The doctor said it is colitis. If the tablets didn’t work within 3 hours I had to go straight to the hospital, this kind of confused me so now I have to wait. It’s been going on for 2 days. I am very drained the more I try to move the more pain I get. When I press in the area it is tender. I don’t know what kind it is, but my husband had a similar pain a few days ago and now I have it. We both had Chinese this weekend, not long after he was in pain and doubled up with abdominal pain in one area and now I am too. I’m wondering could it be connected to what we both ate. Comment from: Female (Caregiver) Published: March 23 I started off with a sore throat, painful right ear and fever for 2 days when I was started on antibiotics. After taking Augmentin 875mg twice daily for 3 days I developed the worst abdominal pain and cramping. That quickly accelerated to severe diarrhea (non bloody). After the third bowel movement in 1 hour I knew I had a serious problem. I immediately stopped taking the antibiotic, and only put clear liquids into my body for 24hrs. Still it was the worst 30hrs I can remember. Nothing would stay in my system. I continued to drink lots of water however to keep myself hydrated and let the diarrhea run its course. Because of my medical background I figured this was related to the antibiotic wiping out the good bacteria in my colon that keeps it healthy. It was just a matter of waiting till the antibiotic was out of my system and my gut had a chance to recover. I am so angry with myself for giving into job pressure to get better and do so quickly. The fact is all people get sick once in awhile and if we allow our own immune system a chance to fight most bacteria on its own it will do so and very effectively. Antibiotics should not be taken lightly; in the end I lost more time off from work and was a lot more sick and weaker than I would have been if I had just let my upper respiratory infection run its course. Rest, hydration, proper nutrients, and vitamin supplements to boost your own immune system in my opinion are the way to stay healthy and fight infection when you are not. Comment from: tim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 26 I was in the Canadian military age 20 and had a tonsillectomy. The surgeon gave me penicillin which made me bleed internally. I was in the hospital for 1 1/2 weeks and on morphine to keep the pain down. I had told the surgeon that I had had 2-3 allergic reactions to penicillin(within the last 1 - 1 1/2) where I had to go to the doctor or emergency to get a shot to speed up the reaction. The surgeon said that I wasn't allergic and that I would be okay. He said I had colitis and years later when I was out of the military I went and had a colonoscopy which said that I had IBS(inflammatory bowel syndrome). Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I am a 71 year old female. I was diagnosed with celiac sprue and microscopic collagenous colitis. With wheat free diet the diarrhea came under control. However in February all hell broke loose and I am still suffering from severe diarrhea and night time fecal incontinence with no relief in sight. I've tried Entocort, Pepto Bismol and at least two anti-diarrheas. I think stress must play a huge role in all this. I'm pretty much ready to just give up. All of my children live away as well as my dad and sister from me so I like to travel and visit them. I also like to travel with a group of friends and travel to take art workshops. I play a flute in a concert band and I want to keep doing these kinds of things. I keep telling myself hang in there. You'll make it through this as tears are streaming down my face and something brown streams down my legs. Comment from: allardp, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I was diagnosed with colitis after having a c-section with my 4th child a little over a year ago. I have always had trouble using the bathroom, but mostly it was not being able to go. I was experiencing terrible stomach cramps, loose stools and I lost 30 pounds within a month of giving birth to my daughter. I also had major bloating issues. I finally went to my doctor after 2 months of suffering and discovered I had colitis. This was a relief to not be dying! I was given some type of good bacteria to balance me out. I noticed that most times when I experience symptoms it is due to greasy foods, soda, sweets, and coffee. So, I try to stay away from this foods and drinks. I have a few problems during my monthly cycle the cramps are terrible, but with medications I am ok. Comment from: Sherem, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21 Started with a horrible bout of diarrhea, which I thought may have been triggered by a fall on my back. I had also recently been on a prescription of ampicillin for acute bronchitis and two runs of high doses of prednisone. I experienced watery diarrhea up to 50 times a day and after a week, I sought medical care. All cultures and parasite tests negative. After the third week of this, the doctor did a flex sigmoidoscopy and a biopsy, which showed lymphocytic colitis. Comment from: Lindstrom gal, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 09 I came home from a 4th of July picnic and started having mild cramps, which turned into the most severe cramps I ever had. I was horribly dizzy and sweating while having severe cramps. I finally got to go poo, but then I was going all the time. Upon wiping, my paper was stained with maroon blood, sometimes with little clots. This went on for a few days before I went to the hospital. I was diagnosed with infectious colitis. They gave me narcotics for the pain, infused water, and did a culture, which came back bacterial. I was put on antibiotics. Today (4th day) I am feeling pretty good, but I’m going to watch what I eat. Colitis is a horrible disease. Comment from: wyomingcowboy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 30 I have been diagnosed with collagenous colitis. I am seeking information about it. I have been prescribed Endocort but have not filled the prescription because it is horribly expensive. As much as a mortgage payment, for 30 days. Comment from: Sharer, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 15 Everything I read mentions bloody stools. I do not have that but am told I have colitis. Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: November 11 I went to the bathroom and suddenly I had excruciating pain. The pain was so intense that I began having cold sweats. By the third time going to the bathroom I was just bleeding. Any movement gave me severe abdominal pains. I am still in the hospital on day 3. Comment from: realsis, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 29 I always had bouts of diarrhea and this last bout put me in the hospital. My potassium dropped so low it was giving me heart palpitations. I was ordered to get a colonoscopy when I was discharged. The test will help determine the cause of the diarrhea bloating and pain. I just finished that test today and they said I have colitis. They took a biopsy and next appointment I'll find out the cause. Comment from: Wellgirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 10 Over 15 yrs ago, I began showing signs of autoimmune disease. During that time, I was also going through a very emotionally trying time. I had constant pain in my lower abdomen and other digestive related problems. I finally went to a doctor who diagnosed colitis. Since then I've had irritable bowel to go along with autoimmune flares. Not fun! Stress is the biggest trigger, overexertion is next. I've made some changes in my life such as changes in work and dietary changes, but apparently it is not enough as I still have symptoms occasionally. Comment from: Will, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 05 I started experiencing excruciating pain three days ago. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with colitis. The diarrhea was bloody. I still have bouts and seems not to be getting any better. I have been on Cipro and metronidazole for one day. I was put on clear liquids and the BRAT diet. The pain has gotten better. Comment from: crazylady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 28 I'm 56 years old and have always had a problem with constipation, even as a child. A few months ago, I started having severe pain in my right groin area. I went to the doctor and was tested, and the results showed "constipation and a thickening of the colon wall." I had a colonoscopy two years ago. I saw my GI doctor and had another colonoscopy. I was told had colitis and was given doxycycline for seven days. Comment from: MO86, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 20 I was having horrible pain in my stomach, and I had nausea and diarrhea that was basically all bright red blood. It was very scary so I went to the ER and they gave me a strong antibiotic and kept me overnight to keep an eye on my bleeding. After three days, it’s getting better. If this happens to you, don’t freak out. Get checked out and you should be fine. Comment from: icejuls, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 21 1. I am 53 years old. I was first diagnosed with colitis around 10 years ago. I have a 33-year -old son that was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis around eight years ago. I am what they call indeterminate colitis, they don't know which I have. I live in a small town in central Wisconsin. I know of at least 30 people in our town with one or the other forms of colitis. I have tried with no success talking to my doctor trying to find out if it is environmental. I am trying to find out if this maybe a factor because I have two small grandchildren. My son and I have been on different forms of treatment that do get us into remission. Some work for him, others for me. One other thing I find weird is we both get many, many canker sores usually before a flare up and have been told it was not a colitis symptom. Our canker sores do not respond to usual canker sore treatments. Comment from: Alice, 65-74 (Patient) Published: June 21 I have been diagnosed three times with colitis. I seem to go along for awhile and have halfway regular bowel movements. Then it starts up again, mostly diarrhea along with a growling stomach and chills. This is the most disturbing problem to have. I don't feel like I can go out the door for fear I will have a spell. It also depresses me and stays on my mind all the time. This latest episode has lasted for a couple of months and the doctor wants to do another colonoscopy. I am afraid they will find something worse. It is very upsetting. Comment from: lock roache, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 12 I get a bad colitis attach every six to nine months. I’m completely drained of energy and I lose weight because of this ailment. I have been on courses of steroids and I’m taking anti-inflammatory tablets. I have to very careful of what I eat. I wonder if I will always have this ailment. Comment from: Irish Girl, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 12 I am a 76-year-old woman and have just been diagnosed with lymphocytic colitis. I have had severe diarrhea for fifteen months and my Doctors have tried treating me for IBS, diverticulitis, and bacterial infection (after back surgery in Feb.) There was little pain, but a lot of gurgling and bubbling and I could feel the stool moving downward. No blood ever. Immodium and Beneiber helped some, but the medications given for the above conditions only gave me painful cramps. I changed gastroenterologists, had a colonoscopy and a diagnosis. A new medication was prescribed and I am waiting to see the results. Comment from: Al, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 22 I am 58 years old. One day about three months ago I had a bad pain in the belly and felt like I needed to go and all I showed was thick dark blood, everywhere. The symptoms got more acute up to where I was going to the bathroom up to fifteen or sixteen times a day. Of all the times I went, about half of the time, there was just blood. Today I was diagnosed with colitis. I was told that I may have to take medication for the rest of my life. Comment from: Student, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 16 I'm 24. I have colitis I have been taking meds for a few months and the pain has gone away mostly, but still running to the bathroom twice a day. Hopefully, it clears up cause I'm very worried about it! Comment from: patooty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 20 I am a 52 year old female that was diagnosed with c. diff after taking antibiotics for an infection. After a hospital stay and IV antibiotics they found that I came in with not one condition but two. Because colon conditions can be hard to diagnose without a history I have not been classified yet. Steroids have helped greatly and I am being taken off the steroids slowly. Three specialists worked with me while I was in the hospital and the one thing they all agreed on was that I need to manage stress. If your stressed it can really twist your abdomen in knots without you even realizing it. They gave me an anti anxiety medication that I take when I am having a bad day, but warned me if I felt I was taking it too often I should go on anti depressants. I have been on the antidepressants for three week and I can tell A difference. I never had a problem before this but this situation we are in can be very uncertain and make us worry. When I am more relaxed my symptoms calm right down with me. So if you’re having control issues and are doing all the right things talk to your doctor about it. It can only help. Comment from: JANE DOE, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 09 I have colitis and when I eat, the food races through my stomach. Shortly thereafter, I get the feeling that I have to use the bathroom. I get there sometimes just in the nick of time. I have a lot of diarrhea, but no pain and no bloating. I have tried everything I can think of, including a gluten-free diet and lactose-free milk. Nothing seems to help. My doctor also gave me an antibiotic to kill the bacteria in the bowel but that didn’t help either. I am just out of things to try. I have even tried anti-diarrheal tablets. Nothing works! Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 30 diagnosed 25 years ago with Ulcerative Colitis - was given medication. Went away after divorcing husband. I got it back a few months ago - work related problems with coworker and it started again. I'm not having the blood anymore (as far as my eye can tell) but I'm getting green stools and bad smell. Comment from: st2009, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 23 After a bout with diarrhea (Caused by food poisoning - I think) I continued to have soft stools and light cramping in my abdomen. I also felt some swelling on the left side of my stomach. This lasted for over two weeks. I made a doctor's appointment and was given 7 days of Flagil, an antiboitic. The symptoms improved but did not stop esp. the swelling in my stomach. I returned to the doctor after a week and was given 7 more days of the antibiotic. The symptoms improved but did not go away, especially the swelling in my stomach. I returned to the doctor and had a CT scan ordered of my stomach and pelvis. This turned up nothing. I am now going for a colonoscopy and taking probiotics (Align and yogurt which have helped greatly! I no longer feel swelling in my stomach!) Hopefully the colonoscopy will be a help. While I no longer feel the swelling in my stomach I still have minor cramping and soft stool on occasion (2-4 times a week). Comment from: confused, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 21 I'm 41 yrs old and have been having intermittent mucous in my stools that are triggered by exercise. I started walking and running 2 yrs ago and had some urgency and loose stools in the beginning, but now its intermittent. I have never had diarrhea issues ever and am not currently having any. I had a little blood in the mucous but formed stool ....so my doctor sent me for a colonoscopy. He said I have colitis. Comment from: sugarpie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06 My colitis was cured surgically over 20 years ago. Not what anyone would wish for, but it's sure better than suffering with constant problems. One thing that isn't addressed here is the genetic component. Two of my three siblings also have colitis and we believe that both our grandfathers probably had some form of bowel disease which wasn't diagnosed (long time ago) - but one grandfather did have a colostomy (for cancer) when he was in his 70's. Comment from: Peggy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 06 I had a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with collagneous colitis. I was advised to take immodium after each loose stool. I made diet changes to low fat, non-caffeinated, non-spicy, non-gassy foods, and no ice cream. Doctor suggested I could be lactose intolerant. No relief for over a year. Do not want to eat because will bring on diarrhea but do eat small portions about 4 times a day. My taste buds altered, therefore eating not pleasureable. I've lost weight from 115 to 93-95 lbs. Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 08 I am 23 years old. For the past week I had an ache in my stomach and it seemed like every time I went to the bathroom even if it was just to pee I would have diarrhea. A few days ago the pain in my abdominal area was so bad I told my fiancé to take me to the ER. So we went and they took a urine sample and blood. The doctor pressed on my stomach a lot too. I was give Zofran which is for nausea. The doctor suspects infectious colitis and gave me Cipro and Flagyl, two antibiotics. I have Bern taking them and still have the aches as well as a swollen stomach. I've gained 10lbs in a week. Colitis, crohns disease and colon cancer all run in the family. The next step is a colonoscopy which I am petrified for. Comment from: precious, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 25 I am having a hard time with doctors. I have had c-diff it lasted 3 months. Ever since then I have stayed nauseous. In the past month I now have hairy tongue, low grade fevers fatigue and mucousy loose stools. I have just had recent blood work as well as stool checks for parasites, bacteria in blood, and even wbc. Everything has come back normal. My physician sent meet to a gastro and she wants to treat me for acid reflux. I have NO symptoms of any reflux sore throat none. I do have just about every symptom of colitis and even have had the c-diff that can cause it. I feel helpless I'm physically exhausted and do not know what to do.