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   Posted 1/17/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am writing to ask for any advice from experienced colonoscopy enthusiasts. My 19 yo son was diagnosed 2.5 years ago and is not yet in remission. He was on Remicade for 1.5 years until he developed antibodies. He started Humira in August and although it peters out a few days before the next injection is due he had been functioning OK. He had a colonoscopy on Tuesday and although he colon looks better he still has significant disease particularly around the Terminal Ileum and inflammation in the stomach area . In any case he had the procedure on Tuesday and had Humira on Wednesday. Usually by late Thursday or Friday he is better for the week at least. He had a normal bowel movement on Thursday and then Friday and today had had significant pain and diarrhea. This is unusual for him. He can have occasional pain like I said prior to getting his Humira although the diarrhea and the amount of pain he is having is somewhat unusual. Could this be something related to the colonoscopy? He is not yet ready to call the doctor and he is supposed to go away tomorrow but feels rather lousy. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your help!

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   Posted 1/17/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel that pain after a colonoscopy should not be ignored. It might simply be from some inflammation - after all, this is a very invasive procedure - but something much more serious might be happening too.

If your son is not willing to call his doctor, perhaps you could call the hospital / ward where the colonoscopy was done. They should be able to offer some advice.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 1/17/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I completely agree with Ivy. There is no reason to wait on calling the doctor when something very serious could be going on. It's never a bad idea to check but you know what waiting can do.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 20 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
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