Stricture - Remicade

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   Posted 3/3/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I saw my GI two weeks ago to discuss my case. I have 3 strictures 1 illenium, transverse colon and segmoid colon. My condition is stable, mild inflamation, i do not have sysmtoms of the disease. My doctor gave some options ,  enema with steroid, ballon dilatation , surgery or remicade.
I am going to do a flexible segmoid exam next week, and on 25th march i am going to see my GI again.
I am really worry, i do not really knowm what would be the best. I would like to get rid out the strictures to star Remicade, doctor said is the only way, because is very likely ia will have an obstruction if i start taking remicade. Any thoughts!!
I am on so much stress at moment, i know that does not help at all, but sometimes i cannot control myself. Crying...... confused

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   Posted 3/3/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Your doctor is correct that some strictures can turn into obstructions because of Remicade. Dilatation can sometimes open strictures, but I don't know how well it works. Cutting out the strictures surgically does get rid of them.

One way to make this type of decision is to make a list of "pros & cons." Ask yourself questions like ~~
How much will surgery cost me?
Can I afford to be off work/school?
Will insurance cover most of the cost of Remicade?
Can I get off work/school for infusions every 6 weeks?
Questions like that...

Good luck and let us know what the GI says...
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