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Colcop
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   Posted Today 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I popped over from the UC site. Has anyone had this exam and just how bad is it? It sounds like it is pretty  uncomfortable and the doc even told me it wasn't pleasant..Thanks in advance!
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WantRelief
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   Posted Today 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to say, but this procedure is quite unpleasant. I've had it done twice and the last time my GI mentioned wanting to do it again I said "no way".  They do sedate you to put the NG tube down and to start filling your bowels with the solution that they use. By the time your full, you start to wake up and they move you to the CT scan machine where they take the pictures. That part is over quickly but by then you are really feeling like you have to go to the bathroom.
The procedure was able to show the docs where my stricture was located so the surgeon would have a good idea of what he was going to do for my resection. Unfortunately the procedure did not show that my illeum had turned into a round ball of inflammatory mass, nor did it show all the adhesions and fistulazation of bowel to bowel that I had.  Since none of this was seen on CT I am not sure I would ever bother doing it again. I don't know if a MRI would be better at seeing what is really going on or not.
33 year old female
CD of Terminal Illeum and Rectum Diagnosed 12/04
Unable/Unwilling to use immunosuppressents due to Melanoma history in 2000.
Illeocolonic Resection 1/08  (18 inches of terminal illeum, illeocecal valve, right colon and appendix)
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November'09 colonoscopy shows reoccurance at anastamosis and active disease in sigmoid and rectum


Colcop
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   Posted Today 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply. My Gi gave me the choice whether or not to do it. He is pretty sure I have UC but wants to do this to rule out Crohns to effectively treat my UC. I think I am going to opt out for now. I have enough trouble with going to the bathroom already and I hate the prep for all the tests we do. I read in the procedure that the staff has to ensure the patient can get to a restroom QUICKLY. Again thanks for the input!

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Becky77
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   Posted Today 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
WR, yes MRI would probably show better than a CT, IMO. If you imagined that CT and MRI are like slicing bread then looking at each slice of bread, a CT makes bigger slices of bread like normal bread is sliced, which means little things could be in the bread and because the slice was big, you wouldn't see it. In an MRI they will do smaller slices and slices from different angles like looking from the side to see more. Does that make sense? It's hard to explain to someone if you're not standing in front of me with me using my hands and gesturing...lol. They're finding now that MRI seems to be the modality of choice when imaging Crohn's and you don't have to worry about the radiation like you would with CT (in the hospitals by me this is what I've learned)

Colcop-I wouldn't choose to do anything voluntarily that has to do with an NG tube...they hurt SOOOOO bad being put in...and it doesn't matter to me how much pain medicine I've had before.
Becky

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12, Coumadin

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