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lostindiagnosis
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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm just curious if Crohn's can be detected without having a flare up or symptoms at the time of the test?

I only ask because in the past, by the time I got in for my tests and procedures, my symptoms had subsided and gave an inconclusive diagnosis. I have started fresh with a new doc who has lined me up with this specialist. I'm "patiently" awaiting a phone call from the GI's office so I can have my first interview meeting with him and get reassessed for Crohn's.

(The doctor gave me a very low dose of prednisone for a week a few weeks ago which controlled bleeding, pain and swelling of my tummy finally. ) smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes usually when a flare has healed it generally will live scar tissue and the doctor will be able to see that. Are you having any more symptoms now that you are off the the Prednisone? I wish you good luck with your new GI.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Gosh, often they have a hard enough time DX when a person is totally flaring and showing inflammation, so I'd bet it would be even harder for them to figure anything out when you're not showig any signs...there is a condition referred to as microscopic colitis (aka;collagenous colitis) in where via colonoscopy inflammation cannot be seen so they take biopsies and check it under a microscope to determine microscopic colitis.
 
It depends on the severity of the inflammation when it comes to scar tissue, if you're quite mild or mild enough they may not detect scar tissue via colonoscopy.
 

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My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


lostindiagnosis
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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Just the odd tolerable pain comes and goes for now... I have still have constipation but that's kind of a regular thing forever for me, I associate the little pains with it. I've joined the local gym, hoping that exercise can scare away another flare up and help me relax.

lostindiagnosis
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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
As for the colonoscopy, I had one likely about two years ago and they took biopsies that came back with nothing for results. It was taking a LONG time to get these tests done and even longer for results.

lostindiagnosis
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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh and...does Prednisone cause mood swings?..... My boyfriend seemed my have caught me with tears rolling down my cheeks watching Disney Hercules.... and several commercials.... slightly more emotional than normal.... Oh the fun of figuring things out!

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   Posted 4/1/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, yeah, it can cause mood swings! Usually I get PMS like on prednisone, but some people get emotional and cry.

Good luck with your new GI!
Becky

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12; phenergan, ultram, clonazepam as needed


lostindiagnosis
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   Posted 4/1/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Ha ha, just what I need, more emotions! Thanks for helping. :-)
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't”
28yr /F. Diagnosed w/ Crohn's in 2006. Still awaiting a conclusive diagnosis. :-)

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