Hi all. I have a question for all of you bowel experts. I do not have IBD, but I do have IBS. I have had 3 colonoscopies, and aside from apthous ulcers on the first one, the only significant and consistent finding is melanosis coli. I've been told by my doctors that this caused exclusively by routine laxative use, particularly laxatives with senna or senna compounds. The problem is I have not, nor have I ever (to my knowledge) used laxatives, much less those with senna in them. I've also been told this is a harmless condition, but I've been reading on the internet that MC can also be associated with pre-cancer, particularly sigmoid cancer. It's bad enough that I'm being told that I'm engaging in an activity that I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I'm NOT involved in, but not knowing what else can cause it is alarming as well. cancer, of course, would be the worst possible scenario. Do any of you know anything about this?
Thanks for any information you can share!
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, nexium, tramadol, nasonex,Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan, zyrtec, zegerid, aciphex