I had a colonoscopy as a diagnosis of Crohn's, 5 months later another one because I was getting worse, 4 months after that a resection. I was on Imuran since the second colonoscopy but it didn't stop the inflammation from getting worse, hence the resection. 5 months after the surgery I had another colonoscopy to make sure inflammation wasn't coming back with my symptoms of D and fatigue. That scope was clear. But the d is back and some pain, so my doc has me getting another scope next week, 5 months later. 4 scopes in 19 months, they are getting to know me a little too well at the endoscopy center! After I went downhill so fast last year, my doc wants to make sure Imuran is doing its job. If its not, then I'll be on Humira or Remicade. Entocort worked before but that's too short term, and he doesn't believe in prednisone because of the side effects diminishing quality of life too much. Luckily he believes in painkillers when necessary. Anyway, my opinion is if you can find out what's going on and you want to make sure that what you are doing is working, than a scope is one of the safest ways. I've had 5 CTs of my abdomen (4 because of crohn's), 1 of my head, numerous x-rays for SBFTs, pneumonia and asthma, not to mention torn up knees, sprained ankles -- just way too much radiation. It adds up over time, and I have a lot more time left, god willing! I hope you keep feeling better. I know I don't take the good days for granted anymore, it was a lesson I've learned well, I'm sorry you've had to learn it too.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, vicodin as needed, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Doc says no active disease, but flare-ups anyway. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.