Diagnosis Oct 07: Mild Crohn's Colitis. By the grace of God currently in remission. Current Medication: 1000mg Pentasa Tablets x 2 a day. VSL#3. Manuka Honey.
My warning signs were narrowed stool and occasional vomitting with a bowel movement. This led me to get a check-up, had a gastroscopy, sigmoidoscopy, then colonoscopy at which time they admitted me to the hospital, CT SCan, SBFT and had a diagnosis of Crohn's all within a months time. I was 55 years old at the time, first colonoscopy.
They found a stricture in my colon which after more tests in the following year was confirmed scar tissue so obviously this had been building for many years.
I had a resection in May. Never had pain, diarrhea, fatique or other usual symptoms before being diagnosed or since surgery. Have not had a cold or flu for years, no history of Crohn's so came as quite a shock but after knowing so much more about the disease, consider myself very fortunate.
Am on methotrexate, ultrasound planned for next April and colonoscopy six months after that.
If you have active inflammarion with no symptoms, your blood work would still show elevated level of ESR and/or CRP, right?
Also, nobody has answered the origional question of correlation between long term active inflammation and cancer. It appears, however, that most long term Crohn's patients do not have colon or small bowel cancers, even with active inflammation?
Diagnosed with CD in 1994;
In 1994 I was treated with Pentasa of no avail. Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.