What Is Normal?

It’s been so long since I felt normal, I forget what it feels like. I’m not sure how long I’ve had ulcerative colitis, because it took me so long to realize that what I felt wasn’t normal. And now, I’m not sure what normal looks like.

I think with digestive issues it can be particularly hard to sort out what’s going on. Is what I’m feeling colitis symptoms? Is it anxiety? Is it a stomach bug? Is it something I ate? Is it some combination of these?

What is a “normal” amount of abdominal pain for someone without ulcerative colitis? Is this what anxiety feels like for a “normal” person?

I don’t know the answers to these questions. I can sometimes tell when what I’m feeling is different than my usual colitis symptoms. But I don’t always know what that means.

Do you have trouble distinguishing disease symptoms from possible other causes?