Here's my opinion...and keep in mind I'm an xray tech and in school learning MRI right now, so I do know a lot about each of the tests from a patient and professional standpoint. Mind you I do prefer to have tests done so that I know what's going on in there...however- the big question I ALWAYS ask my GI, ER doctor, or anyone who debates testing or anything is how it would affect my treatment. If knowing the crohn's is active or things have changed on a test would change what medicines I would take, or would alter what my doctor would do, please, by all means, do testing. That is to say if they don't have a plan of treatment without tests, please do them and come up with an appropriate plan of care. If however, the doctor has a reasonable treatment that I'm willing to try, I try that first, and if that doesn't help, then I insist on tests to see if we're missing anything.
I also WILL NOT have a pill cam...not now, not ever, because I've had obstructions and strictures too much in the past, and the risk of the pill cam getting stuck and requiring surgery is too high for me or my GI to take.
31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12, Coumadin