Clinical trial story
In April ‘17, I was your typical 18-year-old; trying to figure out what to do with my life. Then, I seemed to be atypical. The majority of society excretes normal looking waste, while I was excreting red waste in excess and this issue didn’t go away. Finally, I was diagnosed in May ‘17 with severe ulcerative colitis by a pediatric gastroenterologist [GI] at 19. I was on oral and/or liquid medications/supplements, one of which was Iron supplements for about 3 months. The medications for my colon worked fine, but they weren’t long term medications. This pediatric GI doctor didn’t seem very knowledgeable about IBD [inflammatory bowel disease]. After using up my medications, not seeing the Pediatric GI, and changing insurances, I finally ended up seeing 2 adult gastroenterologists in the month of November ‘17. The 1st one told me to see the 2nd one because “my case was too severe to know what to do”. When I saw the 3rd gastroenterologist, my Iron levels were very low again since I was on no medications until I started the infamous IBD steroid when I saw the 2nd GI doctor.