avoiding surgery

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   Posted 4/16/2010 1:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been diagnosed in 2003. and since then didn't had the need for surgery ... seem it will be that time soon
I have a stricture (no scar tissue) in the ileum but inflamation is also in the colon ... my CRP is around 70 ... pentasa, steroids and imuran have not helped so far
the problem is, I get partial obstructions that last a day and its hard too keep weight with them (196cm and 63 kilos right now)
because of all that I had a consult with a surgeon today and he explaind me that If I had a surgery he'd have to take out a third of my colon and a part of the small intestine and that really freaked me out ... thats A LOT
so, I've decided I'll try avoid surgery anyway I can and I need helpfull advices :)
In the next 10 day I'll start the Borody RMAT therapy and if that doesnt help, I still have biologics to try
any other ideas? what might help?

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   Posted 4/16/2010 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Well since the stricture is from inflammation I would think that another type of medication might work better for you. Not familiar with the RMAT therapy, but hope it does the trick for you. Sending good wishes your way. Hugs!
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