I had my appointment today!

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   Posted 9/14/2010 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I finally was able to see the dr. And of course a couple days ago I started feeling better and am down to 4 bathroom visits a day. I wasn't able to talk to him about all my issues as he was over an hour behind schedule, but he addressed a few of the big ones. I thought I was fortunate since he had a student with him and he was explaining things to her and it made me feel like I had a better understanding of what was going on with me :)

Anyways, we talked about how I was doing, went over history (since he was a new dr) He wanted to put me on prednisone to nip this flare in the bud, but since I was already feeling better bathroom visit wise I said no way. I did not want to deal with the side effects right now, especially since I still have issues from the last time I was on it. He did an exam, both tummy and recta to check for tearing and/or fissuresl. Both hurt like heck, enough to make me start bawling cry . He's upping my dosage of Sulfasalazine to see if that will help. He also wants a full stool test done to check for WBC and make sure it's not an infection and whatever else. I'll know the result of that in 5 days. Then he wants me back in 10 days to see how I'm doing.

I like this dr, he was very nice and considerate of how I'm doing and could tell when he was examining that I was in a lot of pain. I'm hoping on my next appointment I'll be able to ask him my other questions.

He did mention that on my last colonoscopy (Dec 09) my TI was clean and it was noted that I had pancolitis and then he said I have Crohn's colitis. Are those the same? What exactly does it mean? I'm a little confused...

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   Posted 9/14/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad it was a good appointment and you like the doctor. Pancolitis means affecting the whole colon. Crohn's colitis means you only have signs of Crohn's disease in the large intestine and not in the small intestine (doesn't mean that can't change in the future). With Crohn's colitis, you might have only a few bits of the colon involved, or you might have pancolitis. You could have pancolitis with or without small intestinal involvement, but it wouldn't be Crohn's colitis if you had small intestinal involvement. Overall, you are dealing with two words with overlapping meanings.
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