Hi there my fellow Baggers and Merry Christmas to all.
I was diagnosed with UC many years ago and have experienced only those symptoms related to UC, until recently.
My current problem lies in the Sternum . I have looked up the anatomy of the area and the problem area seems to be called " The Manubrium". This is where the first two ribs begin in the chest / Sternum. I have a noticably raised lump in the middle of the Sternum which has been causing a lot of chest pain and upper back pain , just between the shoulder blades. I thought that I might be exaggerating ( in my own mind ) how inflammed and large this "lump" is so I had two other people feel the area and they agreed that it is definitely abnormal and quite large ( raised approximately 1/4 of an inch in a sort of peak around a three inch circular area )The area is very painful to the touch and the pain radiates to the back , between my shoulder blades.
I have a Sister and a Brother who have Ankylozing Spondalytis , my Brother also has UC. I suspect that my current problem has some connection to AS given the fact that UC and AS are closely related. I have never had symptoms of AS before , just UC.
I would appreciate any comment or info that might enlighten me regarding this problem. I am in California at the moment visiting family and live full time in Ireland ( when not visiting my home away from home , San Francisco ) so I have no access to my regular doctors until I get home to Ireland. This problem has raised it's ugly head a few times in the past few years but never as painfully as in the past week so I am trying to find out if other people with a diagnosis of UC have experienced anything similar to my experience.
I will be going home after Christmas and will have an MRI as soon as possible when I get home. I will pass on whatever I find out about this situation in case it may be of help to others out there.
Thank you all in advance for any help you may be able to provide.
Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays to all , Magoo.