Stricture - GI today

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   Posted 3/26/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, i have got the result of my sigmoidoscopy exam  today, two strictures, one is a smooth stricture and the other the pinpoint could not pass through the narrowing. My doctor mentioned on my previous appointment about ballon dilatation, but my stricture is thick and is very risk to do the procedure, he thinks that certainly i could have obstrution. My medication was increased, and now i do not know really what is going to be next. I think there is not much to do really, he said that i am in a stable condition and i just have to carry on with my medication. My systoms are not too bad, going to toilet 2 or three times  a day,  but what i have heard here that some people with strictures have really bad systoms.
I am engage  and planing to get married, I would like to start a family at some point . How can i start a family with this stricture that i have??? Do i have to do a surgery first, or just pray that everthing is going to be fine
Is there anyone here  got strictures for many years and is doing well???
Thanks , bye :-)

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 3/26/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter has had a stricture for at least two years, and is just doing fine. She is on Entocort, which has kept her in remission, we think -- her CRP and sed rate are normal, and no symptoms. 

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 3/26/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Krica,

I also have a very narrow stricture (mine is in the transverse colon) that is scar tissue.  So it won't be going away no matter what medication I take.  When I have a flare and there is inflammation on top of the scar tissue, the stricture makes life very unpleasant (causes bloating and discomfort because things can't pass through the stricture very easily, and I can only eat soft/liquid foods).  It also causes constipation for me.  When I feel good, like now, it doesn't bother me that much.

My GI also felt that a ballon dilation would be too risky and wouldn't help that much. 

I have decided to have a resection or strictureplasty in the next couple months because I am hoping to have children soon.  (Had a miscarriage in November and will TTC as soon as possible after the surgery.)  For me, especially because of the location of the stricture, I am worried that the fetus could press down on the intestines and make the stricture even worse than it normally is.  (And of course constipation is an issue even for healthy pregnant women, so this could be very uncomfortable.)  I feel better knowing that I am going to get rid of the stricture and at least maximize my chances of having a healthy pregnancy and not being in constant Crohn's related pain.  I think it is definitely legitimate to have the surgery, or at least discuss the options with your doctors, if you are planning to be pregnant in the near future.

good luck :)


Diagnosed with Crohn's disease 11/05
SCD since 12/05
Asacol 8 x 400mg per day

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