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Surfer21
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   Posted 9/19/2017 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I just got home from and endoscopy small bowel enteroscopy and everything is clear! Almost a month ago I had a capsul endoscopy that showed a lot of ulceration throughout my small bowel and lower stomach so my GI wanted to do this procedure to take biopsys. Well Ive been on lialda for 6 weeks, and at the time of the capsul it had only been 2 weeks. I'm so shocked that my GI said everything was clear!! Could the lialda of healed everything up in a one month span???

gumby44
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   Posted 9/19/2017 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on your good news! It does seem like the Lialda is working for you and that's great. Crohn's can go in and out of remission even with no medications, so it's always hard to be exactly certain whether your medication or just happenstance changed things. But my guess is that if you had ulcerations, took meds and then the ulcers disappeared, then I would think that it is likely the medicine
58 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Dx. with c.difficile 1/12, 10/14, 11/15, 1/16. Fecal transplant on 2/24/16, and so far, no more c.diff!

5/20/14: Ileo-colic resection surgery after stricturing and partial bowel obstruction.
Not currently on any Crohn's meds and in remission, but struggling with bad IBS.

Surfer21
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   Posted 9/19/2017 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you gumby!! Oh ok that's good to know! I'm somewhat new to this so I assumed ulcers took a while to get rid of considering I had a lot, so when i was told everything looks perfect I couldn't even believe it. Can I be in remission even if I still have pain and I'm still 100lbs and can't gain weight? Or does that mean I have ulceration somewhere else like the ileum again? That's where I originally was diagnosed. But I'm so happy that at least the lialda seems to be helping!

beave
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   Posted 9/19/2017 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to disagree. Lialda doesn't do anything in the upper GI tract. The medication isn't released until the colon. So it wouldn't treat ulcers in the stomach, duodenum, or jejunum.

What's more, it doesn't effectively treat Crohn's ulcerations *anywhere.*

So something else is going on.

The now-healed ulcers could have been from infection or some other process, or they could have been shallow Crohn's ulcers that healed on their own.

Also, keep in mind that the enteroscopy still misses the majority of the small bowel, so there could still be ulcers out of its reach.

Surfer21
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   Posted 9/19/2017 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Beave, hmm that's weird I'm so confused now lol. I'm confused because I've seen all the posts how lialda does not work for crohns, so I asked my GI that question today and he said that it does and that's the reasons the ulcers are gone. So I'm iffy about the whole lialda thing also, but I just don't know how everything else would have cleared up! Ugh this is so frustrating but thank you for you're reply I really appreciate it

Surfer21
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   Posted 9/19/2017 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I forgot to mention that he did find a few ulcers in my esophagus, as well as some candida

beave
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   Posted 9/19/2017 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Surfer21 said...
Beave, hmm that's weird I'm so confused now lol. I'm confused because I've seen all the posts how lialda does not work for crohns, so I asked my GI that question today and he said that it does and that's the reasons the ulcers are gone. So I'm iffy about the whole lialda thing also, but I just don't know how everything else would have cleared up! Ugh this is so frustrating but thank you for you're reply I really appreciate it


Ask your GI how Lialda would clear up ulcers in the stomach, duodenum, and jejunum when the medication in Lialda isn't even released from the tablets until the tablets reach the colon.

Your GI doesn't know what he/she is talking about.

Lialda is a medication for ulcerative colitis, and it treats the colon only.
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