my GI visit today

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TraciZ
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 7/22/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone! I usually post on the UC board, but sometimes come over here. Below is what I posted on the UC board today. I just have a bunch of questions that I hope you can help me with.

I went for the follow-up to my colonoscopy today. ugh. So, she couldn't see the "UC" in my cecum and ascending colon, but the biopsy did! (I may be in denial, but I take this as a sign of healing. I think the Asacol is working and it just hasn't healed me completely, yet.) Anyway, I still have active disease in my rectum, but there was still no disease in the rest of my intestine.  

So, we still don't know my diagnosis. Because of the skip lesions, I may have crohn's. I'm scheduled for an EGD (?) the day I get back from my wedding! She's going to scope me from the top to see if I have anything in the rest of my GI tract. She's also going to test me for H. Pylori to see if I have a stomach ulcer (I asked for this), because of all that burning pain i've had in my stomach. (The zantac REALLY helps!)
 
I'm just bummed (no pun intended  tongue  ), because I thought I was better. (Even though I still have symptoms including bleeding.) I really wanted to be better for my wedding. The good thing is I've only been on asacol for 1 month- the GI said it takes 3 months to really get better. Then, she suggested entocort if i'm still having problems.  

Have any of you had a similar experience? Do you experience burning pain in your stomach that extends to your right side? Could I think I have an ulcer, but really this is crohn's? Would zantac help stomach pain if it was crohn's?

Thanks- it just helps to get it out there.

Tressa 35 (F) in WNY
unknown dx (UC or Crohn's), skip lesions, but I'm getting better!
Canasa nightly, Asacol 12/day, zantac twice/day for possible ulcer


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/22/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it could be crohns, but unfortunately we can't tell you for sure.
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TraciZ
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 255
   Posted 7/22/2008 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, at least the breast pain went away...
Tressa 35 (F) in WNY
unknown dx (UC or Crohn's), skip lesions, but I'm getting better!
Canasa nightly, Asacol 12/day, zantac twice/day for possible ulcer


gachrons
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   Posted 7/22/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Just wanted to say I'am glad your feeling better. I had alot of chest or stomach pain when on pred. it was quite painful. Your Dr. sounds pretty through. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


Nanners
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   Posted 7/23/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Many Crohnies suffer with GERD/Acid Reflux. I take Prilosec myself and it really has helped. Just a thought!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


TraciZ
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 255
   Posted 7/23/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your responses. I was tired last night and started getting all these questions in my head. Today, I'm starting to think, well what if I do have crohn's? People can have long remissions, right? I'm going to try not to go crazy about it. I'm just hoping it's a stomach ulcer that can be treated with antibiotics.

Gail- my GI is very thorough! She has crohn's herself and had surgery. I went to the ER for this stomach pain in May and the doc told me that my GI was good (he went to med school with him), but this one is really great. Short of not sedating me enough for my colonoscopy, I'm really glad she's my doc! She switched my meds which I think is the reason I'm getting better. My other GI didn't even know what cortifoam was when I asked him!
Tressa 35 (F) in WNY
unknown dx (UC or Crohn's), skip lesions, but I'm getting better!
Canasa nightly, Asacol 12/day, zantac twice/day for possible ulcer

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