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BACARDI
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Two days ago I had my yearly colonoscopy to see how my Crohns is doing.  My Gastro showed me my images and told me that he was not able to finish because of the swelling in my small intestines and he was using the smaller camera.  The strange thing is that I have not had any pain in relation to this swelling.  My Gastro is worried that I will have a blockage in the near future.
 
Has anyone  else had this situation before?  Horrible inside yet no pain or other symptoms of a normal flare up?

spookyh
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI couldn't make it past the ileocecal valve on my last colonoscpopy. It's "just" scar tissue, so I feel fine. However, I have had 3 blockages in 2 years, so I'm going to get the scarred section cut out. Did your doctor say whether it was inflammation or scarring?
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


pb4
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, but my problem was the swelling/inflammation was so bad right at my butt hole that he couldn't get the scope in...I have perianal crohn's skin tags (located right on the outside/inside of the anus).

They really can't get into much of your small intestines via a colonoscopy since the scope just doesn't go quite that far, only the first bit of the small bowel that is joined to the colon.

:)
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BACARDI
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor said that it is inflammation. Also he showed me the images and it is quie red and clearly swollen. I had my first surgery in 2000 and they cut out a foot of diseased small intestine. I have been in remission since 2001 and am not on any meds at this time. I am just worried that this is a start of another flare up which will lead to a few months in the hospital and surgery. Not happy about that.

njmom
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   Posted 9/11/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes, my daughter had no strong symptoms, like pain, when the first colonoscopy was done three years ago, and the doc couldn't get into the TI because of the inflammation. 

The good news is that, with medication and diet, her stricture eventually vanished, because it was due to inflammation and not scar tissue. Hopefully, with the right meds, etc, your inflammation will settle down, not leaving a stricture behind.


Nanners
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   Posted 9/11/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Bacardi, njmom is correct. Since your stricture is caused by inflammation then meds will help to shrink it. I personally believe everyone should always be on some type of maintainence med. I once enjoyed a nearly 20 year remission med free, but I will never do that again. My remission ended abruptly with an emergency resection due to a complete obstruction. I had no warning signs of this coming. So I would recommend you get on some meds soon.

Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
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BACARDI
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   Posted 9/11/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going to start back on Endocort. I respond quickly to it. I was trying to live on Diet Alone. I spent 2 months in Europe last fall and my Crohns basically disappeared to the point where I was going to the bathroom once a day. I believe that it was due to a lack of perservatives in the food. So I have adopted a non perservative diet with as much organic foods that I can eat. So I am sticking with it and have seen some improvement Thanks for your advice and help. I am hoping that it calms down by itself and I have a few more years of good living.

Nanners
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   Posted 9/11/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Bacardi, diet is great in helping the symptoms, but it cannot stop the microscopic damage that Crohns continues to do. I only take Asacol to maintain my Crohns, its one of the mildest meds out there, and works great for me. Just a thought! Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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