“In retrospect I was a bit suspicious of Accutane because my doctor ordered blood tests every month or so to check my liver - I remember that distinctly,” says Derrick, adding that he never had any health issues until his early 20s when he had stomach problems, including ulcers and a hernia.
“I wanted to drink with the guys but I couldn’t: I guess that was a good thing because it kept me out of trouble,” Derrick laughs.
His stomach problems were getting more frequent and more intense, but Derrick just chalked it up to a virus or food poisoning - he used to dine out a lot. By the time he was in his 30s, however, Derrick noticed blood in his stool: it was time to see a doctor.
“My doctor diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) but told me that I would be fine if I was careful with my diet,” says Derrick. “He was being optimistic. About that time, I saw ads on TV about Accutane Ulcerative Colitis and Accutane lawsuits so I put two and two together and saw a few gastroenterologists. After my first colonoscopy, the specialist said Accutane was not to blame and more or less asked me why I was there. I told him that my doctor diagnosed IBS and he said that was a good possibility. He then took a biopsy (which showed nothing untoward) and removed a few polyps.
“I found the results hard to believe because my health was going downhill. I was spending more time on the toilet than the couch and more time in the bathroom than with my family.”
Derrick got a second opinion. Again the specialist didn’t think Accutane was linked to his bowel problems and prescribed some meds that helped somewhat. Derrick was going to the bathroom a few times a day rather than six or more times. Then something happened that gave him an answer to his bowel problems.
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“I saw a GI in NYC who has seen a few hundred people with this so-called ‘silk road disease.’ He told me that it came from Asia, but I have never been there. How in the world would I get something like that? I did find out that some Accutane attorneys have this disease linked to Accutane on their website. From what I understand, Accutane lawsuits only include plaintiffs suffering from Accutane Ulcerative Colitis and Accutane Crohns Disease, but maybe there are many other people suffering from Behçet’s. If so, I think the Accutane makers should be held responsible and accountable.”